Wellness Benefit Options

All active employees who regularly work 20 hours per week, at least nine months each year (sometimes referred to as "benefits eligible"), can elect a free Wellness Program option each year, even if you waive medical coverage. These wellness programs are offered as a benefit of employment and not as part of the group health plan.


Program Options

• Option 1: Pulse Program provides cash rewards of up to $400 ($800/family) for participating in a variety of activities including step-based team MOVE IT challenges, individual healthy habit challenges, Journeys on a variety of well-being topics, daily health tips, activity, sleep and nutrition trackers, and more

• Option 2: Fitness Reimbursement Benefit provides up to $225 for expenses incurred for fitness facility memberships and exercise class fees (including online/DVD exercise classes)

• Option 3: Dartmouth Fitness Membership at Alumni Gym provides a free Dartmouth Fitness annual membership from July 1 through June 30 (value of $395). 

Please note: Alumni Gym is currently only open to students and we are unsure of if/when they will re-open to employees. If you have the Dartmouth Fitness Membership option for your 2021 wellness election, we are allowing a one-time change to a different wellness option for the remainder of the 2021 calendar year. Please email wellness@dartmouth.edu if you would like to change your election.


During the annual Open Enrollment period of October 18 - November 1, 2021 all active benefits eligible employees need to elect one of three wellness options for 2022 in FlexOnline. All new employees will elect one of these options when they enroll in benefits. 

You will not be able to change this election until the next Open Enrollment period. Active benefits eligible employees will only be able to change their elections on an annual basis during Open Enrollment. Any elections made during open enrollment will be effective January 1 (with the exception of the Dartmouth Fitness Membership which is effective July 1).

Tax Information

All three options will be subject to taxes and the applicable taxes will be withheld from payroll. If your spouse earns rewards through the Pulse program or receives reimbursements for the Fitness Benefit, applicable taxes will be withheld from the employee's paycheck.

Options for Retirees

Retirees, enrolled on a Dartmouth College-sponsored health plan, only have access to the $225 Fitness Reimbursement Benefit. Consistent with current practice, all reimbursements for retirees will be submitted directly to Cigna and the reimbursement, up to $225, will be provided via a check mailed to the Retiree's home address. Any reimbursements received as part of the Fitness Benefit are considered taxable income. Retirees should consult their personal tax advisor regarding the proper reporting of this income.

If an active employee retires mid-year they will continue with their elected wellness program option through the remainder of the year they retiree in and then will transition to the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit for the following calendar year.

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