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Wellness Initiatives

About Wellness Initiatives

Wellness initiatives are to help you be your best—physically, mentally, and emotionally. Together we can make our community a place where healthy living is welcomed and supported.

The Center for Health is your portal at Wespath to information and tools that promote vitality in mission and ministry by improving the health and well-being of UMC clergy, lay workers, and their families.

Virgin Pulse

A healthier lifestyle may be the most difficult personal improvement to undertake, but even small changes can make a big difference.

Virgin Pulse participants receive an activity tracker to monitor progress toward health goals and rewards. 

Participants: wear the activity tracker at all times and accrue steps when you walk, run, bike, play basketball or tennis, golf, dance or take part in any other physical activities you enjoy. Earn Points for accumulating steps or “active minutes”—which are recorded when your activity tracker counts at least 135 steps in a minute for higher intensity activity.

Points translate into rewards like Pulse cash, health insurance premium reductions, or deposits in a health savings account—depending on what your plan sponsor offers. Click here to learn more about the Virgin Pulse program.

Those enrolled in the active or retired group health plan are eligible to enroll in Virgin Pulse. Click here to enroll now. If you attempt to register and are unsuccessful, please contact the Benefits Office for assistance the with verification process.

For Virgin Pulse customer support call 1-800-830-4312.

Click here to for the Virgin Pulse site.

Member Discounts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offers deals and exclusive discounts on health products and services through Blue365 to members. Click here to learn more.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Health Management Systems of America (HMSA) administers the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for our clergy/conference staff and their eligible family members. (Note: This also includes local church lay employees currently enrolled in the conference health care plan.) The Conference Board of Pension & Health Benefits implemented this plan is in direct response to the information gathered in the Needs Survey we completed during our last open enrollment period. We recognize healthy conference leadership is essential to our individual lives as well as our connectional ministries. In this regard, promoting health and wholeness is a top priority.

Employee Assistance ProgramOur EAP provider, HMSA, can confidentially help to address a wide range of personal, family and employment concerns such as stress management, parent-child communication, relationship issues, substance abuse, and workplace conflicts. The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide free short-term counseling assistance or referral to provider resources, for these situations and many more.

The objective of the EAP is to help you and your family members, in this case your spouse and/or dependents in your household, to obtain assistance with problems at the earliest possible stage to minimize potential adverse personal and/or financial impact. Often when these problems are neglected, they result in a deterioration of one’s overall physical and emotional well-being.

The Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church recognizes that the personal life and concerns of all personnel are their own affairs. The program is confidential and is designed to help ensure the well-being of all employees and family members who utilize it. We encourage you, or any eligible member of your family, to take advantage of this employer-paid benefit.

For login information, please contact the Benefits Office at jgertz@michiganumc.org.

Omada®

Omada

Omada® is a personalized program designed to fit seamlessly into your life. We’ll help you make gradual changes to the way you eat, move, sleep, and manage stress—4 lifestyle behaviors that can directly impact your weight, blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and overall health.

● Eat healthier
Learn how to enjoy every meal, no deprivation required.

● Manage stress 
Navigate tough times like a pro with strategies that truly work.

● Sleep better
See why being able to sleep well is like having a superpower.

● Move more
Get motivation to start a “no pain, all gain” fitness routine.

All at no cost to you: If you or your adult family members are at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease or living with diabetes or high blood pressure, Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church will cover the entire cost of the program.

For more information contact the Benefits Office at jgertz@michigan.umc.

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