Spring Fitness Challenge FAQ

What is the Spring Wahoo Fitness Challenge?

Employees and their eligible spouses are encouraged to participate in this annual fitness challenge. The challenge requires participants to track 52 workouts of 30+ minutes of activity or 7,000 steps in a day between January 17 – April 28, 2017.

Who is eligible to participate?

All employees actively earning a paycheck and enrolled in the UVA Health Plan are eligible to participate in the Spring Challenge. Spouses enrolled on the UVA Health Plan are also able to participate. Rewards will be deposited in the subscriber’s paycheck (taxable income) in July 2017. Subscribers must be current employees, actively earning a paycheck in order to receive the reward.

*Retirees, grant funded post-doctoral fellows, and COBRA enrollees are not eligible for rewards.

What’s in it for me?

Eligible employees who log 52 workouts between Jan. 17th – April 28th will receive $200 in their July 2017 paycheck (taxable income). If you have a spouse enrolled on the UVA Health Plan, he/she can also log his/her activity to earn an additional $200 in the subscriber’s paycheck.

How long do I have to complete the challenge?

The Spring Fitness Challenge runs from January 17 – April 28, 2017. You would need to log 52 workouts of 30+ minutes or 7,000 steps within this time frame in order to qualify for the $200 reward. You can only log one workout per day.

How do I track my activity?

To start the Spring Fitness Challenge, visit www.myactivehealth.com/hooswell. Create an account if you have not already done so. If you have participated in a previous challenge, you will login with your current account. Spouses will need to create their own separate account to keep track of their individual workout activity.

Click on “Earn My Rewards”. Locate the activity card and click “Work On It”. Then click “View/Track My Activity”. Here you can either manually enter your exercise time or steps. You may also sync your activity tracker or certified app to help log your activity.

What do I do if I am having trouble logging into the ActiveHealth portal?

Contact ActiveHealth’s customer service number at 855.231.3715 for assistance.

What if I am a new employee at UVA?

If you are a new employee, please ensure you have enrolled in the UVA Health Plan and selected coverage. It can take 30 days for your information to be recognized in the system. Contact Hoo’s Well at hooswell@virginia.edu or AskHR at 434.982.0123 if you have questions about your eligibility or benefits enrollment.

Do I have to use a Fitbit, App, or Activity Tracker to participate in the Spring Challenge?

No. You do not need to use an activity tracker or mobile application in order to participate in the challenge. This is a new feature offered in the portal to make tracking and logging your activity easier. If you’d prefer to manually enter your activity by self-reporting it, you will still earn credit toward the reward.

What if I want to use an activity tracker, but it is not compatible with the ActiveHealthPortal?

If you have an activity tracker you’d prefer to use, but it is not compatible with the ActiveHealth portal, you may still use this to track your activity or steps. Be sure to keep track of your step count each day, and then manually log this activity from your device into the portal. A list of compatible devices can be found at www.myactivehealth.com/hooswell. Under “Earn Your Rewards” you will find a “List of Approved Fitness Devices”.

Will an Apple Watch sync with the ActiveHealth Portal?

Apple products do not sync on the ActiveHealth Portal. However, some data from certain apps may sync. For example: If you track an activity using the Runkeeper app from the Apple watch, the data should be sent to the ActiveHealth Portal. Please confirm that your data is syncing to the Portal if you choose to use the Apple Watch.

Can I log both time and steps to get credit?

Yes. You can log a mixture of exercise time and steps to earn credit toward completing the challenge. Be sure that the activity or steps logged reach the minimum requirement per day (30+ minutes or 7,000+ steps) in order for them to count toward your goal of 52 workouts.

Why have the steps increased from 6,000 to 7,000?

The American Heart Association recommends that the average adult achieve 10,000 steps each day. We are still falling shy of this goal, and based on the amount of time in the challenge and the required 52 workouts, our employees should have plenty of time to complete this if they choose to participate. Also – we have increased the reward! We used to only pay $100 for completing the Challenge. This year, you can earn $200 for completing the 52 workouts AND spouses covered by the Health Plan can also earn $200 as well. We do not plan to increase the step count in the near future. We will stay at 7,000 steps for the Fall Fitness Challenge and also keep the option of recording time vs. steps if that is easier for people to reach the goal. We want to make the Challenge fun and are mindful of busy schedules, but still want to encourage folks to increase their daily activity and challenge themselves.

What if I feel I cannot complete the activity due to illness or a physical condition?

If you have a medical condition that makes you unable to participate, or your physician has indicated it is medically inadvisable for you to attempt the challenge, either you or a physician may contact us at 434.982.0123 or hooswell@virginia.edu to discuss the reasonable alternative. In order to process your reasonable alternative within a timely fashion, you are encouraged to reach out to Hoo’s Well by 3/31/17. Please note: A reasonable alternative will be considered incomplete if you do not contact Hoo’s Well to request by noon of the challenge end date (4/28/17).

What resources are available to help me complete the Wahoo Fitness Challenge?

Hoo’s Well offers FREE pop-up fitness classes and Steps@ classes to help you meet your activity goals. Visit the main homepage of www.hooswell.com for a full calendar of activities and classes available in 2017 including tennis, swim, yoga, weight training, dance, Pilates, and more!