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Increase Your Physical Activity and Your Bank Account in 2020 With MoveWell Rewards

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 13, 2020) — If, as a University of Kentucky employee, you have made a commitment to better well-being in 2020, MoveWell Rewards is a great way to start. Plus, you might win some extra cash added to your paycheck.

MoveWell Rewards is a year-round offering from UK Human Resources Health and Wellness. The program began in October, and already 45 UK employees have won cash prizes for participating.

Using a fitness tracking device (Fitbit, Apple watch, Garmin, etc.), you can earn cash rewards through monthly drawings based on your daily step average for that month. Each month, three winners are chosen from each of five different levels of activity:

  • 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; and
  • step average: 10,000+ Prize: $600.

The random drawings are based on the tier you fall in for that given month. So, you don’t have to have the highest amount of steps in a tier to win a prize. And unlike our occasional Step Up challenges, this is an ongoing activity, so when you register today, you immediately 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. 

Even if you don’t win a cash prize, walking is a proven method to improve your physical health. Studies show that walking regularly can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve memory and cognitive function, lower stress, improve overall mood and increase longevity.

“MoveWell Rewards offers all of our university community a way to improve their health in meaningful and useful ways. No matter what level of activity, everyone can be recognized and even improve their overall well-being,” said Carrie Davidson, HR Health and Wellness fitness specialist.

HR Health and Wellness program manager Jody Ensman added, “UK employees, retirees and spouses are all encouraged to take advantage of MoveWell Rewards, which will hopefully lead them to be physically active year-round.”

Many winners of the MoveWell Rewards drawings have been inspired to continue with their physical improvement. When asked how they plan to use their winnings, replies included:

“Increase the home fitness equipment, for the upcoming winter months.”

“Thank you! This will be very useful for a new pair of shoes so I can keep stepping!”

“I recently purchased new Fitbits for my husband and myself, so part will go toward that! The rest will be put into savings for a future splurge! Thanks, UK MoveWell! This is AMAZING — I'll definitely keep reppin' for steppin'!”

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

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