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Healthy You is Wellesley College's program to help faculty and staff take an active role in their health and health care.
Year 4 Will Earn You More!
|Year 4 Healthy You Incentives|
|1. Fall Benefit Fair - meet with a coach (11/12 or 12/5)||$75|
|2. Complete HQ with HPHC by 6/30 (spouses too!)||$50 each|
|3. Spring Biometric Fairs - meet 3 goals set in the fall (4/28 or 5/6)||$75|
|4. Spring Fairs - Free FitBit pedometer/sleep monitor||$100|
|6. Share your Healthy You story||$25|
|Your total incentives:||$375|
In 1995, Wellesley College, along with 15 Boston-area colleges and universities, formed The Boston Consortium (TBC). One of The Consortium’s initiatives is to keep the health care of its member institutions affordable and accessible by helping employees and their families get and stay healthy. This Health Management Initiative is called Healthy You.
View an online narrated presentation that explains the history of Healthy You and the Health Questionnaire, and explore the content below.
Visit meQuilibrium, this on-line tool reduces stress and is available to Wellesley employees and spouses. Stress is part of life and one of the top health risks at the College. It is a personalized on-line stress management system that uses the science of resilience and behavior change to target your individual causes and symptoms of stress. Learn how to reduce the impact of your specific stressors!
Healthy You Employee of the Month - Dotti Koulalis
Dotti is on a definite path to healthy weight-loss and she is amassing multiple tools and resources to help her through. She is taking advantage of all the valuable opportunities that Healthy You is providing Wellesley College employees, such as Weight Watchers meetings on campus, Weight Loss Hypnosis and Walktober.
Healthy You: What are the steps you are taking to become healthier?
Dotti: “I eat healthier, exercise more, attend the Weight Watchers meetings and try to take it step by step, because all the bad habits I have accumulated over the years are not going to be replaced in a week. Weight Watchers on campus has been very helpful because of the support we are getting from each other. It is a reliable resource and having it on campus makes it easily accessible. After setting up a plan and a support system, you’re on your way. You just learn that it takes time to become healthy, you will definitely fail once in a while, but it’s important not to give up and just keep trying. “
HY: What lessons have you learned about eating habits?
Dotti: “Be prepared! You need to think ahead for all of your meals, pack them the night before or in the morning, but make sure you give yourself a chance to choose right. Don’t make it harder for yourself than it needs to be. Stop buying the stuff you shouldn’t eat. Because you’re not “depriving yourself” of anything but unhealthy things, none of that is what your body really needs. “
HY: Those are great tips. Is there anything else that everyone should keep in mind?
Dotti: “Sleep is one of the most important factors in this process. You should get your 8 hours because it will energize you and help you in many ways. And just keep trying because in the end you will make it!”
Healthy You - Testimonial from Robbin Chapman
At last year's Benefits Fair I completed my biometric evaluation: the numbers were both eye opening and discouraging. I wanted to improve those readings and my overall health, so I began engaging with a Harvard Pilgrim Health Care coach. The phone format worked great for me. Our talks were generally 15 to 20 minutes, which was great for my busy schedule. I had no excuses!The biggest hurdle was completing the initial questionnaire. It was pretty extensive, but more than that it forced me to really think about my health, my lifestyle and my priorities. I could tell my coach re- ally used all of my answers to help me in my thinking about how to be healthier.
My coach encouraged me to make small changes - I didn't even see how such small changes would make a dent. One of my first changes was to add fruit to whatever I had for breakfast. I didn't see how eating more fruit would help. I noticed over time that I ate less of my less healthy choices and opted for healthier meal options that tasted better with fruit. Another small change was to take a 20 minute walk after parking my car each day, before heading to my of- fice. That eventually led me to taking walks on the weekends. I am definitely more active!
My coach and I would talk about my level of confidence in achiev- ing each of my goals. My goals were things like walking 20 minutes 3 times a week, going to the gym once a week or just going to bed an hour earlier. If my confidence was low or if I didn't reach my goal, we would break it down into smaller pieces or we would try something else.
Since engaging with my coach, I have lost over 40 pounds, I sleep better, feel better and have more energy. My biometric numbers show a dramatic improvement in my overall health. I tell anyone who will listen to get their own health coach! It is the kind of self- care that really pays off. I love working with my coach and I know that this time next year I will be even healthier than I am today!
Robbin Chapman - Associate Provost/Academic Director Diversity & Inclusion
You can submit nominations of yourself or others for Healthy You Employee of the Month at email@example.com.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care - $150 per year reimbursement for fitness expenses! Application form here.
The journey to Healthy You is a personal one. Understanding your health and getting healthier positively affects not only your life, but also the lives of those closest to you. Sharing your story can provide powerful inspiration to help another person take the all-important first step to a healthier life. Since the start of Healthy You last fall, a number of our colleagues have taken control of their lives by taking advantage of the biometric screenings and the Health Assessment/Questionnaire and many of the wellness initiatives and programs available on our campus, all with great results. Now, they are sharing their stories on video. See what your colleagues are saying about Healthy You. New stories added by Dawn and Justin here.
To see more videos from our Boston Consortium schools, go to www.healthyyouhmi.org.
Using the Harvard Pilgrim website you’ll find resources for:
The road to your wellbeing continues...
You and your covered spouse can complete the online Harvard Pilgrim HQ by May 31st to each earn a $100 Visa gift card. There also will be raffles for employees who participate in either the Know Your Numbers biometric screenings or who take the HQ. Employees who participate will be automatically entered. The winners of the two raffles can choose either an iPhone 5 (including a charger) or an iPad 2.
C25K is a fantastic program designed to get just about anyone from the couch to running 5 kilometers in just 9 weeks. Read more here and create your exercise plan!
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To view additional Healthy You testimonials, please click here.
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Your participation in Healthy You programs is voluntary and strictly confidential. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996 to protect your personal information from being inappropriately disclosed. All those who provide medical services such as doctors and insurgence companies and health plan employees have completed Health Insurgence Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training and are in compliance with HIPAA privacy guidelines. In addition, strict confidentiality and data security protocols are in place and adhered to by all healthcare employees.
HR values and respects confidentiality.