Prevention + healthy living + education = cash

Hundreds of employees participating in health screenings in Kilcawley Center last month.

Hundreds of employees participating in health screenings in Kilcawley Center last month.

More than 400 people rolled up their sleeves, stuck out their fingers, took to the scales – and also earned some cash – as part of this year’s onsite employee health screening.

In addition, 212 individuals received flu shots at the four voluntary and free screening sessions in the Ohio Room in Kilcawley Center.

Participants who completed the health screening earned 300 points, or $25, under the university’s Living Well incentive earnings campaign.

“This is a new approach we have taken to incorporate prevention, healthy living, and health education in a year-long program where you earn points for practicing positive lifestyle habits,” said Carrie Clyde, coordinator of Wellness Services on campus.

Employees earn points that translate into dollars by completing a variety of health-related activities, including the health screening, an online health assessment, annual physical exams and dental visits. Three hundred points translates to $25 in rewards, while 600 earns $50. Other earning levels: $100 for 700 points, $150 for 850 points and $200 for 1,000 points. A new “wellness portal” tracks points for each employee.

“Everyone has different wellness goals and with the use of the wellness portal we can offer on-line programs, resources, and tools to help employees reach those goals,” Clyde said. “All of this is being done in conjunction with wellness activities that are taking place on campus.”

The incentive earnings campaign runs through Nov. 30. For more information, visit http://web.ysu.edu/wellness.