Today marks the re-launch of the online WellMASS Health Assessment (HA). Completing the HA is a great way to take charge of your health by learning your areas of strength, as well as which areas you may want to work on improving. Taking the HA is a good idea for a number of reasons:
- It only takes 15 minutes to complete
- Your results are 100% confidential and won’t be shared with the GIC, your agency, or your health plan
- It provides a snapshot of your current health
- It helps you determine which health areas/behaviors need more attention
- If you took it last year, you can take it again and get a year-over-year comparison
- Your results may qualify you for FREE health coaching
- The first 10,000 participants to complete their HA will receive a $15 gift card
If you are identified as being high-risk in one of eight health areas (nutrition, weight management, stress management, blood pressure, cholesterol, physical activity, back care, or tobacco use), you will qualify for telephonic health coaching – a great, FREE benefit of the program. Additionally, the first 10,000 participants who complete the HA will receive a $15 gift card that can be redeemed at one of over 300 popular retailers. The Health Assessment closes on December 31, so don’t delay in logging on to https://wellmass.staywell.com to complete yours and take advantage of the other benefits our website has to offer, including personalized health news, a prescription drug database, online Healthy Living centers, and wellness tools (including BMI and calorie burn rate calculators).
The HA is open to GIC-insured active employees of the Executive and Legislative Branches and Constitutional Offices, as well as retirees between the ages of 55-64 and their spouses. Since it is part of a state-mandated program, and it takes only 15 minutes to complete, employees are allowed to take it on their work computer, during work time, with a supervisor’s approval. If you have any questions about the HA, or the WellMASS program in general, I would encourage you to learn more about this great, free benefit available to you by attending one of the Intro to WellMASS webinars on September 10. You can also view a step-by-step demo of the Health Assessment here. In the meantime, if you have any other questions, feel free to contact your agency’s Wellness Champion, or send me an email. Here’s to another happy, healthy year of wellness!