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2019-2020 Clergy Wellness Incentive

“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. 

Clergy participating in the health plan have the opportunity to earn dollars to be placed in their HSA or HRA by completing the following Wellness activities. You will receive the noted reward for each activity completed. $500 is the total amount that can be earned from July 1, 2019-May 15, 2020.

1) A visit to your doctor or health provider for a wellness visit, mammogram, or colonoscopy. ($200). This is done with your primary care Dr. 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. Reporting is through either claims data from Wellmark or by self-reporting this activity through the Wellmark Wellness Portal.

2) Participating in Virgin Pulse Healthmiles by uploading your physical activity at least once/month for 3 months. ($200) Documentation is through Virgin Pulse Healthmiles. Enroll at The Virgin Pulse program also has a financial reward benefit. See Virgin Pulse Info sheet.

3) 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. Health Habit tracking with your mobile device is very easy and painless. Virgin Pulse has both android and IOS applications. Go to Google Play to download.

There are 2 documentation time periods: July 1-November 30, 2019 with reward posted January-February 2020 and December 1, 2019-May 15, 2020 with reward posted June-July 30, 2020. The reward for each activity is given only once during 2019-2020 and does not need to be done within the same time period. The Virgin Pulse data is transferred to Wellmark in December and June and will not show up in the rewards section until then.

For directions regarding how to access the Wellmark Wellness Portal and to enroll or re-activate Virgin Pulse, see 2019-20 Incentive Direction sheet or the Virgin Pulse Activity Program, both on the Wellness Webpage.

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