A healthier lifestyle may be the most difficult personal improvement to undertake, but even small changes can make a big difference. To jump-start your fitness plan, the Center for Health offers the Virgin Pulse physical activity program.
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 HealthMiles* 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.
HealthMiles translate into rewards like HealthCash, health insurance premium reductions, or deposits in a health savings account—depending on what your plan sponsor offers.
Virgin Pulse is available to all UMC conferences, as well as to non-conference UMC plan sponsors. The rewards-based program is not available for individual enrollment. Contact your annual conference office or plan sponsor to see if you are eligible for participation. Over 75% of the UMC annual conferences sponsor the Virgin Pulse program, with over 15,000 enrolled. Participation has demonstrated a positive relationship with health and health care costs.
HealthFlex Participants: Log in to the HealthFlex/WebMD site with your username and password. Click “Join Virgin Pulse”
Virgin Pulse Participant Information (not in HealthFlex): Contact your conference office or Human Resources department for details on how to enroll.
Conference Staff: To learn how you can offer the Virgin Pulse program, contact the Center for Health.
Non-sponsored individuals: If your conference does not sponsor Virgin Pulse or you’re not part of the eligible population but would still like to participate in a self-pay, tracking-only program, click here. Important: Individuals sponsored by a UMC conference or employer program should not sign up through this process.
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* HealthMiles are reward points earned by tracking your daily activity with your Virgin Pulse activity tracker, a Polar heart rate monitor or Fitbit (purchased separately), or by entering activities in your Virgin Pulse activity journal.
Note: Virgin Pulse was called Virgin HealthMiles prior to October 2013.