Black Bear Fit A Great Example
On almost a weekly basis, your University of Maine System Wellness Team processes and approves a new multi-session or community event proposal that can help you meet your Level 2 incentive and qualify for a modest cash award
So keeping in touch with your campus Wellness Champions, (See Wellness Guide), and your campus recreation center colleagues can pay some big dividends for you in pursuing a healthier and happier lifestyle
Looking for an example? Did you know that University of Maine Campus Recreation and RiseUp partner on a program called Black Bear Fit? Designed to see each individual improve in ways that are meaningful to them, the series of sixty-minute workouts includes a warm-up, a variety of strength and cardio exercises, and a cool/down/stretching period.
UM Campus Recreation offers Black Bear Fit every semester with the earned Level 2 incentive almost covering the cost for both members and non-members.
Benefits of Black Bear Fit include:
Teams of four to six people create a supportive social environment
Each week, participants join with their teammates for two training sessions with their personal trainer
Fitness Assessments at the start and finish of the program track progress
Teams are scored based on session attendance and recreational exercise
Prizes are awarded to the team with the highest score
UMaine employees earn their Level 2 Wellness incentive
The next start date for Black Bear Fit is September 17, 2018
Want to know more? You can register online or at the Front Desk at the New Balance Student Recreation Center and for more information contact Adrianna Del Amo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Not a UMaine employee? Not to worry…Look for information on Multiple Session and Community Events on your campus coming up in the future.
Training for MaineStreet HR Now Available!
To ensure a smooth transition to what will be a new look and feel within MaineStreet Human Resources, a training video is now available
in UMS Academy.
In the brief instructional video presentation, you'll learn how to navigate
MaineStreet to the functions you have come to depend upon such
as managing time reporting and approval, benefits designations,
leave balances and much more. Along with the video, you will find a link
to HR Upgrade FAQs and to a list of helpful shortcut keys.
How do I prepare for the MaineStreet HR Upgrade on June 12?
Please do take a moment to log in to UMS Academy, (See the UMS Academy icon on your System Portal), and complete this helpful training between now and June 12 to ensure that your first visit to the new MaineStreet HR is a positive experience and you are confident with how to navigate in the new environment.
Contact Technical Support at (800) 696-4357 or email@example.com
Your IT and HR Partners
If you like to track trends, here’s one to ponder. How many colleges or universities offer wellness programs like RiseUp?
According to the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, approximately 60% of the more than 300 institutions surveyed in 2017 furnish such initiatives to their employees,
but here’s the number to keep in mind.
Of the colleges and universities that do not currently have such a program, more than one-third plan to launch one in the next twelve months, up sharply from a year ago.
What does that tell you? It suggests your University of Maine System is out in front of the recent resurgence in providing resources to help employees pursue a healthier and happier lifestyle.
And, out in front of that curve, our momentum continues to build judging by some new numbers from our Health Coaching partner, TrestleTree!
If someone were to ask how many employees and spouses/partners completed their 2017 Level 1 incentive requirement through Health Coaching, what would be your guess? 500? 1,000?
The answer is that 2,587 employees and spouses/partners navigated their way to reduced premiums for healthcare with TrestleTree in the first year of our new coaching program.
Ready for another great stat? More than 1,000 completed Level 2 through coaching, but here’s the most interesting news.
1,670 benefits-eligible individuals CONTINUED with TrestleTree into this year, 2018 even after meeting incentive requirements.
O.K., how about just one more? Of those individuals who completed two coaching appointments, 84% completed a third…and of those completing a third, 80% went on to a fourth visit with a health coach.
And, those who chose to engage in health coaching and self-report improved their nutrition, increased their level of exercise, and lost weight all contributing to a healthier and happier University of Maine System.
No question about it, the choosing of the right doctor is a very big decision because you will want to select:
- A doctor you can trust with your health – and you can afford
- A doctor you can choose not just because the office is nearby
- A doctor who comes with a thumbs-up from a trusted source
Are you willing to do some homework?
Checking for the Cigna Care Designation when visiting your physician to ensure your lowest co-pay is always a good idea and a valuable decision-making tool you can use when it’s time to choose a doctor. New for 2018, if you choose a specialist that is designated, you will perhaps pay a lower copay for that visit (not all UMS plans have this feature).
How does a doctor earn the Cigna Care Designation?
Of course, quality comes first!
Where do I find these doctors?
To find a top-performing* doctor, go to myCigna.com and select “Find a Doctor or Service.” Once you’re on the online directory, look for the Cigna Care Designation symbol.
Get help choosing a hospital, too.
Choose an in-network hospital that’s right for you. We review how successful a hospital is in treating 18 common conditions. Our ratings are based on actual patient outcomes, average lengths of stay, and average costs we gathered from outside sources. Hospitals that demonstrate better health outcomes at lower costs for one of the reviewed conditions earn our top rating – the Cigna Centers of Excellence designation.
View Cigna’s hospital ratings and other cost and quality information on myCigna.com
And, remember, Cigna is available to you 24/7 at mycigna.com and the number
on the back of your ID card, 1-800-244-6224