How Wellness Works
It’s free, fun, & easy, It’s right here on campus, It’s on the clock,
It’s good info, It pays in so many ways.
- July 1 to June 30 – Complete the annual Wellness Biometrics & Fitness Screening plus the online Personal Wellness Profile within 10-14 months of last year’s assessment or within 6 months of start of employment.
- July 1 – December 30 - Period 1 Activity Tracking: Log your points regularly on the HAT
- December 30 - Deadline to log 450 points on HAT or email your tracker app screenshots
- January - Rebate through payroll after January 15
- January 1 – June 30 - Period 2 Activity Tracking: Log your points regularly on the HAT
- June 30 - Deadline to log 450 points on HAT or email your tracker app screenshot
- July - Rebate through payroll after July 15
The Online Program
Access the online wellness program:
- Go to http://wellness.puc.edu.
- Select the appropriate subgroup (PUC Employees, or HME).
- Register as a new user or log in with your previously chosen username and password.
- If you forget your login you may easily reset your password with the “I forgot my password” link on the login page.
Navigating the Online Health and Wellness program:
- On the home page, click the blue button labeled “Assess Your Health Now.” OR under “My Health Tools,” click “Personal Wellness Profile” to view completed assessments or to start a new one. Save your assessment at the save prompt at the end of the questionnaire. You must complete the assessment within the 2 weeks BEFORE your screening appointment or your appointment may have to be rescheduled.
- After your Biometrics & Fitness Screening appointment, your clinical values and fitness test results will be entered online to merge with your online Assessment. Once complete, you will be able to review your report, learn your Health Score and Health Age, and get recommendations for reducing your risk factors (if anyJ).
- Click “Health Activity Tracker” to begin logging your credits by choosing your activities:
- Click “ Report Activities Completed This Month” then select each category to fill in your data or select from drop-down menus to achieve the minimums credits.
- Food Choices
- Seeking Serenity
- Physical Activity
- Wellness Events & Activities
- Click on “Reports of My Activities” to get “Your Activity Summary” for the current Wellness period (July1 to December 31 or January 1 to June 30)
WHY Track your Health Activities?
Q: What is the most important measure of a person’s health?
A: Wait for it … wait for iiiit … surprise! It’s cardiovascular fitness.
Shocking? Truth? Absolutely! The most important measure of health is a person’s fitness level. Your physical activity is a major player in managing your physiological stress response (seeking serenity). Additionally, your ability to be physically fit depends in large part on your food choices, which are often influenced by stress. Each area influences another. Thus we ask you to pay attention to what you do in those three areas specifically.
Accumulating your “CREDITS” or “POINTS”
The average Health Activity Tracker Points recorded by PUC employees from June through November 2015 was 682 Points! An impressive 76% of PUC Employee participants recorded over 400 Credits each!
This year our Healthy Activities Tracker minimum of 500 points each six-month period (that’s an average of just 85 points per month) includes the following points distribution minimums to encourage you to evaluate your balanced lifestyle:
- 200 points (once/year) for the annual Online Assessment & In-Office Biometrics & Fitness Screening
- 100 points in Food Choices
- 100 points in Physical Activity
- 100 points in Seeking Serenity
- The balance of your credits can be accumulated in the categories of your choice to achieve the 500-point minimum for each 6-month period.
- Participating in one of the Wellness Challenges can get you up to 200 points!
Tired of Tracking on the Wellness HAT? USE what YOU choose…
You may choose to use an online health tracking application IN LIEU of the PUC Wellness Program’s Health Activity Tracker. Options include:
- Using Strava, Fitbit, Jawbone Up, Weight Watchers Online, MyFitnessPal.com, Loseit.com, and more!
- Using another app? Tracking something different? Contact Wellness Coordinator Holly Jeske at firstname.lastname@example.org for confirmation of your chosen health tracking application.
- Using a wearable fitness tracker device is a proven way to help keep you motivated, but it is optional.
- Using your smartphone health app (iphones track your steps, distance and flights climbed automatically- check it out!)
- Whatever you use to track your healthy behaviors, Take a photo/screenshot of two active monthly reports within the current reporting period and email them to email@example.com to fulfill your Health Tracking requirement for the current period.
Annual Biometrics Screening: Sparking “a-ha!” moments
Screening provides you with KEY information to understand your health. A few minutes per screening, and a couple drops of blood, you’ll be empowered to know your numbers! And our 10-minute fitness routine is actually fun. For many, it’s a validation of the healthy lifestyle we lead as well as a wake-up call on health risks we didn’t know we had. Come find out:
- Your “Personal Wellness Profile” which includes your health Score and your Health Age. (questionnaire to be completed online within the 14 days before your in-office screening.)
- Electronic Body Composition Analysis with Tanita Scale
- Total Cholesterol, HDL(good chol.), LDL(bad chol.), triglycerides*
- Blood Glucose* and HbA1c%*
- Blood Pressure & Resting Heart Rate
- Step-fit with Recovery Heart Rate (3 minutes)
- Height & Waist Circumference
- Curlups (commonly known as crunches: 2 minutes)
- Pushups (unlimited time frame, females from the knees)
- Sit & Reach flexibility test
- Hand Grip test
These exercises may be completed in loose-fitting work clothes. No special attire is required but you may wish to bring more comfortable clothing and/or athletic shoes. Accommodations are made for any temporary or lasting physical limitations or liabilities.
*Biometrics tests include a finger prick and a total of 50 microliters of blood, during the in-office screening. If you prefer, blood tests may be taken by a third-party provider and submitted to the Wellness Office. You may drop off a photocopy of lab results to be used in lieu of the blood screening offered free from the Wellness Dept. (labs must have been completed within the 6 months prior to your screening date).