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HR Health and Wellness Program Increases Movement, Offers Cash Rewards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2019) — Register for MoveWell Rewards, and beginning Oct. 1, you can use your tracking device (Fitbit, Apple watch, Garmin, etc.) to earn cash rewards through monthly drawings. Each month, three winners will be chosen from five different levels of activity, and the money will be added to the winners’ paychecks. Unlike the Step-Up Challenges, this is an ongoing activity, so when you register today, you become eligible to earn prizes year-round. All you need to do is walk and remember to sync your tracking device (so every step counts). The more you walk, the more you are eligible to win!

The tiers are as follows:

  • Step average: 6,000-6,999 Prize: $200
  • Step average: 7,000-7,999 Prize: $300
  • Step average: 8,000-8,999 Prize: $400
  • Step average: 9,000-9,999 Prize: $500
  • Step average: 10,000+ Prize: $600

“We want to reward all of our university community for their efforts with something that is both meaningful and useful. Everyone deserves to be recognized, no matter what their step level,” says Carrie Davidson, HR Health and Wellness fitness specialist.

UK HR Health and Wellness Program Manager Jody Ensman adds, “Through MoveWell Rewards, we are hoping that employees, retirees and spouses will be encouraged to be physically active all year-round.”

For more information about the MoveWell Rewards program, visit the FAQ page.

Fitbit tracking devices are still being offered at a reduced cost of 40-70% to the university community. Over 20,000 of the fitness trackers have been sold to faculty and staff since UK HR Health and Wellness began their partnership with Fitbit in 2015.

You can still use your Fitbit or any wearable device to track steps during the university’s Step Up challenges, which occur periodically throughout the year. For more information about Fitbit purchases, visit your Health and Wellness Dashboard.

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