Welcome to the University's Wellness Program
On the Way to Wellness
Year Two - The Year of Action

 

Welcome to Year Two of On the Way to Wellness.

Last year through biometric screenings, employees discovered their current health status and became aware of future medical risks.  During the past year there have been many on-campus programs on a variety of wellness topics to help you reach your wellness goals.

For 2015, spouses are now being invited to participate.  Once again, participation is optional, but the University will be offering an incentive for you and your spouse/documented partner to participate.  However, BOTH you AND your spouse/partner must participate in order to be eligible for an incentive.

On September 9, the biometric screenings will begin.  You and your spouse covered on the University's health plan will be asked to enroll on One Community to complete an online Health Risk Assessment and register for a date/time for your confidential biometric screening.

After your biometric screening, you will receive a report illustrating your health scores for cholesterol, glucose, etc.  A clinician will discuss your numbers with you before you leave the screening.  The Know Your Numbers Chart will help you understand what these numbers are and how your numbers compare to healthy targets.

If you BOTH complete an online Health Risk Assessment questionnaire AND have a biometric screening, you will be eligible for a discount on your health coverage rates for 2015.

The discounts are as follows:

Coverage                                    Discount

Employee only                            $30/month; $15/pay non-exempt

Employee/child                           $30/month; $15/pay non-exempt

Employee/spouse                        $50/month; $25/pay non-exempt

Employee/dependents                  $50/month; $25/pay non-exempt

NOTE:  Both you AND your spouse/partner must participate in order to receive a discount on your health coverage rates.

Union Health System will be on campus beginning Tuesday, September 9 through Friday, October 24 to provide biometric screenings.  All benefits-eligible employees and spouses are eligible to participate.

The One Community program will soon be up and running to allow you to complete your online Health Risk Assessment questionnaire and schedule a date/time to take your biometric screening.  All individual information is confidential - no ISU employee will have access to results - except their own.

Take a few minutes and read through a Wellness Power Point and some Frequently Asked Questions about the aspects of this program.

We will continue to put more information on this site as the screening times get closer - visit us again.

 

 

 Tobacco Free

In recent studies it was found that almost 200,000 preventable deaths occur each year in the United States from heart disease and stroke.  It was noted that people can greatly reduce their risk by eating less salt, managing their blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes and changing their lifestyle behaviors.  The number one cause of preventable death in the United States was attributed to tobacco use which has been linked to several types of cancer, chronic lung and heart disease, pregnancy related issues and other serious health problems. 

During 2015, for employees and spouses/partners that use tobacco, the cost for health coverage will be assessed a surcharge of $50.00 per month.  If you do not use tobacco, you can sign a “Tobacco-Free Affidavit” and not be charged this surcharge.  You can also avoid the surcharge if you are currently using tobacco, but intend to quit AND participate in a tobacco cessation program.  Participants will receive the premium reduction upon verification from the third-party showing certification of program completion.

Tobacco Use Affidavit

Tobacco User Surcharge – Questions and Answers

Tobacco Cessation Resources

 

WELLNESS PREMIUM SUBSIDY

For 2015, a subsidy for the University Health Coverage premiums will be offered to qualifying employees. The subsidy is determined by total verifiable household income. To qualify your family income must be less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. You must apply each year to receive the subsidy for the following calendar year.  The documentation (tax return transcript) is required each year also.