This year the University’s signature wellness program for faculty and staff changed the way rewards are distributed.
Previously participants could earn rewards after attending a health screening and completing a qualifying wellness program and attending a wellness class. Now, participants receive a $50 gift card immediately after completing their annual health screening, and are eligible to earn an additional $50 after completing a qualifying wellness program and attending a wellness class.
WellBAMA screenings are conducted across campus throughout the fall semester. At the health screening, biometric data such as height, weight, waist circumference and blood pressure will be collected, along with a small sample of blood via finger stick to determine total cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL and blood glucose. A personal health coach will help participants understand their current level of health, identify goals, and provide programs and resources available to achieve those goals. Fasting is recommended but not required, especially for the late-afternoon health screening times. To ensure accurate results, participants should drink plenty of water.
UA employees may have their health care provider complete the Medical Qualification Form instead of attending a campus WellBAMA health screening event to receive their WellBAMA Rewards.
The first qualified wellness program, Strive for Five, runs Sept. 16-Oct. 20, with kickoff on Sept. 13. The virtual, five-week program for University of Alabama faculty and staff uses five simple steps -– nutrition, hydration, exercise, sleep and mindfulness — to improve overall health. Other programs will be offered throughout the year.
Wellness classes are free and can be found on the UA events calendar in the faculty and staff category. Topics range from nutrition and food preparation to caring for elderly relatives and managing health issues such as high blood pressure.
WellBAMA is administered through the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness.
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