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2018-2019 Clergy Wellness Incentive

The IAC Wellness program provides resources and tools from a wholistic perspective to assist ministry personnel, conference employees, and their families in maintaining and improving their health.  To assist with that goal; the IAC Wellness program utilizes tools from the Wellmark Wellness portal/Web MD, Wespath’s  (General Board of Pension) Center for Health, and the Virgin Pulse Healthmiles activity program. 

Self Care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have—the gift I was put on earth to offer others.  Any time we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch”        Parker Palmer in Let Your Life Speak

Active clergy, Conference staff,and their spouses have access to the UMC Wellmark Wellness Center, powered by WebMD, even if you don’t participate in the Health plan. The Wellness Center is located on Below is a list of tools and resources that are available on the portal to help you with your health-fullness.  

• Take a wellness assessment    • Research health topics       • Use health trackers and tools

• Check medical symptoms         • Get the latest health, fitness and nutritional information  

Clergy and Conference staff participating in the health plan will have $500 placed in their HSA or HRA by completing the following three Wellness activities: 

  1. A visit to your doctor or health provider for a wellness visit, mammogram, or colonoscopy. ($250) This is done with your primary care doctor.  Please make sure your doctor codes this as a wellness visit, it is free to you if coded properly.  A Wellness visit includes: screenings for blood pressure, weight, cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer, nutrition and physical activity and appropriate vaccinations. This is not your annual visit to renew your prescriptions. Documentation is confirmed through Wellmark claims data. 


  1. Participating in Virgin Pulse Healthmiles by uploading your steps at least once/month for 3 months. ($150) Documentation is through Virgin Pulse Healthmiles Enroll at

The Virgin Pulse program also has a financial reward benefit. See Virgin Pulse Info sheet.  


  1. Tracking a health habit or habits for at least 10 times/month for 2 months through Virgin Pulse or, WebMD Wellness Portal. This does not have to be the same health habit; choose habits that you want to try out. ($100) 

The Virgin pulse platform is compatible with Fitbit, Garmin and others. It also has a mobile app for both android and IOS that makes tracking easy to do on a daily basis. 

There are 2 documentation time periods:

  1. July 1-November 30, 2018 with reward posted January 2019 and
  2. December 1, 2018-May 15, 2019 with reward posted by June 30, 2019.

The reward for each activity is given only once during 2018-2019 and does not need to be done within the same time period.

The Wellness Program and the Board of Pensions also strongly urge you to make personal contributions to your HSA and use those funds in paying for your medical bills as much as possible. 

Kae Tritle, RN                             Joni Mardesen                                             Rev. Dave Peterson
Wellness Coordinator               Director of Human Resources                 Chair, Board of Pensions


Virgin Pulse Healthmiles

Virgin Pulse is a web-based activity program that helps you earn rewards for enhancing your fitness and overall wellness through the digital tracking of physical activities, health habits, steps, and learning activities.   You can connect with friends and colleagues who are also participants of Virgin Pulse for support and competition.

Virgin Pulse is compatibile with and supports the following devices and apps:Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Jawbone, Nuya, Misfit, Moves, Polar, S health, Mi band,My FitnessPal and others.  It has a mobile app for both IOS and android devices making it easy to track, synch and connect .

Each day synch your “Max” pedometer and enter tracking data to earn “Healthmile” points.  As you accumulate “Healthmiles” you earn a cash reward based upon a level system.  Go to to join. Click here for a PDF of Virgin Pulse information and enrollment instructions.

Log into to access WebMD, check on your claims, or find a doctor.  Use the Wellness Center tools to help you become a healthier you.

•     Wellness assessment
•    Latest health, fitness and nutritional information
•    Researchable health topics
•    Check out medical symptoms
•    Health trackers
•    Engage with online health coaching

 Center for Health

General Board of Pension and Health Benefits   Center for Health promotes vitality in mission and ministry by improving the health and well-being of UMC clergy, lay workers and their families.

Use the link above to access health and wellness information from Wespath including a quarterly well-being newsletter that provides wellness information based on the five dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial. Included are 2 print-to share bulletin inserts as well as links to for other health resources.


Resources and Tools for Living Well

Physical Health

Adequate functioning of body systems without pain or discomfort. Resources for healthy eating, body movement, and management of long-term physical conditions.

Social Health

Intentionally building and maintaining a supportive network of relationships within families and communities, including appropriate boundaries in work relationships. Resources include tools for use in supportive networks.

Emotional Health

The ability to feel the full range of emotions and cope constructively with those emotions. Resources for stress and emotional disorders.

Spiritual Health

Connecting your innermost core with God, giving you meaning, purpose and a sense of unity with both God and humankind. Resources and tools for spiritual disciplines, opportunities for retreats and spiritual centers.

Financial Health

Financial resources have an impact upon the other dimensions of our health-fullness particularly with over-whelming debt, lack of knowledge and/or mismanagement. Resources include tools sensible and practical management of financial resources.

Intellectual Health

The use of the mind for remembering, organizing, understanding, problem solving and for imagining. Resources include support for memory disorders.

Wellness Opportunities through the Iowa Annual Conference include:

  • Activities
  • Health Screening
  • FitWalk
  • Office of Pastoral Care & Counseling


"Self care is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I was put on earth to offer others. Any time we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch." 

-Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak

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Kae Tritle, RN BSN