Coworkers smiling togetherIf you’re a “benefits eligible” state employee, you now have a new opportunity to improve your health and your wallet.  This week Benefit Options Wellness launched a new health initiative called the Health Impact Program (HIP).  It’s a point-based incentive program that encourages participation in a variety of wellness activities, while logging progress toward a goal of 500 “points”.  People that complete the program will be eligible for up to $200 which will be paid directly through payroll about a year from now.

Your activities will be self-reported by you through the new Mayo Clinic Healthy Living portal.  Simply visit the site to create your account and get started.  Take the Health Assessment as a way to find your starting point.  It’s a great tool to learn what you are doing well and how you can make improvements toward better health.

Qualifying activities include:  preventive health screenings, health coaching, participation in health education and wellness events, and more.  We’ll coordinate internally with our Workforce Development and Employee Wellness Teams to offer qualifying activities on site.

State employees: please consider challenging yourself to make HIP a part of your life for the upcoming year.  Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available at or email [email protected] with any inquiries regarding program specifics.