2017 Changes to Vitality

Published on January 5th, 2017

As the new year begins, here are some of the changes and enhancements being made to the Vitality Wellness Program. All these changes took effect January 1, 2017.

Device Subsidy

Beginning January 1, 2017, the wearable device subsidy increased to $100 (up from $45 in 2016). That means Concordia Health Plan members will have $100 taken off of the price for a wearable device (Fitbit, Garmin, or Polar) when purchasing the device through the Vitality website. Enrolled spouses will also be eligible for a $100 subsidy.

Vitality Bucks and Points Recap

Vitality Bucks earned in 2016 rolled-over into 2017. In other words, members did not have to redeem their Bucks, and they were not automatically redeemed.

Vitality Points did not reset to zero. Instead, members get a 10% “kick-start” amount based on a person’s point balance at the end of 2016.

Gym Rebate for Gym Membership

In 2017, gym memberships will be eligible for a $250 rebate (up from $200 in 2016). The qualification is slightly different in order to seek reimbursement. To qualify, Concordia Health Plan members will need to complete 50 Standard or Advanced workouts and provide a gym contract or proof of payment for a gym membership.

The Vitality website will show a person’s progress toward completing the 50 workouts. Individuals who have a fitness device linked to their Vitality account and attain at least 10,000 steps in a given day will be given credit for 1 workout. Individuals who utilize the Vitality mobile app for their gym workouts will be given credit for 1 workout in a given day in which they complete at least 30 consecutive minutes. Please note that a maximum of 1 workout per day will be credited to an individual’s account. Once the individual reaches the required 50 workouts, then the online application form will be “unlocked” so that the individual may apply for reimbursement. As with 2016, individuals will only be able to seek reimbursement once per calendar year and therefore, should wait until later in the year to apply in order to maximize their reimbursement.

Biometric Screening

Consider hosting an onsite Biometric Screening event in 2017! Your school and church staff can “Know Their Numbers” within a few minutes through a blood screening held at your organization. The biometric screening, administered by Quest Diagnostics’ nurses, includes a blood test for Cholesterol (Total, HDL, LDL, TC/HDL ratio), Triglycerides, and Glucose. The test will also measure Blood Pressure and height and weight to assess a person’s Body Mass Index (BMI).

To host a screening, your school/church would need:

  • At least 30 members of the Concordia Health Plan willing to register to take the screening.
  • A room large enough to accommodate 2-3 Quest Diagnostics nurses to perform the screenings.
  • A time slot of 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Six weeks advance notice of the screening date. (Screenings can begin as early as February 15.)
  • Provide 1-2 volunteers during the event to help people sign in.

To schedule a screening, please contact Katie Siddens: Katie.siddens@concordiaplans.org or 314-885-6723.