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Move More in 2020

Date: Thursday, January 23

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: HR Training Room, 7 Lebanon Street, 2nd Floor

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Healthy Food Choices on the Go

Date: Friday, January 31

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: HR Training Room, 7 Lebanon Street, 2nd Floor

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Trekking Tuesdays

Join the Wellness at Dartmouth team every Tuesday for a walk around campus!

 

When: Every Tuesday!

Where: Meet at the flagpoles on the Green in Hanover

Time: 12:15PM - 12:45PM

Pulse participants will earn a 50-point voucher on a random week each month, but all are welcome. Rain or shine or snow!

 

 

 

 

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Wellness Program Options for 2019

All active employees who regularly work 20 hours per week, at least nine months each year (sometimes referred to as "benefits eligible"), will need to elect a free Wellness Program option for 2019, 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. The three Wellness Program options include:

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, 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 Basic level annual membership (value: $355) from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. If you would like to upgrade to a Plus level membership, providing you with access to Zimmerman Fitness Center, you will be able to do so by paying the additional cost ($110).

All three options will be subject to applicable tax withholdings.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How and when do I make my wellness election?

All new employees will elect one of these options when they enroll in benefits in FlexOnline.  You will not be able to change this election until the next Open Enrollment period for 2020. If you do not elect a Wellness Program option, you will be defaulted to the Pulse program).

2. What is the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit option?

This is a reimbursement for expenses limited to fitness facility memberships and exercise classes, including online/DVD exercise classes. Eligible expenses can be submitted immediately to Cigna (there will be no attendance criteria that needs to be met prior to submission). The Fitness Benefit will provide a reimbursement of up to $225 per calendar year, per family (family includes spouses and same sex domestic partners who are enrolled on the employee's Dartmouth College health plan). All reimbursements for active employees will be provided via payroll and will be subject to applicable tax withholdings.

To learn more about the Fitness Reimbursement Benefit and eligible expenses, click here.

3. What is the Pulse at Dartmouth Program option?

The Pulse program provides a comprehensive suite of personalized tools and support, including fun step-based MOVE IT challenges, activity, sleep and nutrition trackers, social connections, daily health tips, a personal health assessment, onsite Health Stations, yoga and mindfulness resources, and more! Many successes including weight loss, increased energy, reducing hemoglobin A1c levels, and eliminating blood pressure medications have been reported by Pulse participants.

As a participant, you can:

Earn up to $400 per calendar year ($100 per calendar quarter; up to $800/family/year if spouse is enrolled on your health plan through Dartmouth College). New participants receive one free MAX™ Activity and Sleep Tracker device, or a one-time credit of $24.99 towards the purchase of another device, that will synchronize your activity with the Pulse program.

To learn more about the Pulse program, click here.

4. What is the Dartmouth Fitness Membership option?

This benefit provides a free Dartmouth Fitness Basic level annual membership to Alumni Gym (value: $355) from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. If you would like to upgrade to a Plus level membership, providing you with access to Zimmerman Fitness Center, you will be able to do so by paying the additional cost ($110).

Please note: All Dartmouth Fitness memberships expire on June 30 of each year and renewals begin on July 1. This benefit applies only to memberships beginning July 1, 2019, or later in 2019; any membership purchases prior to July 1, 2019 will be the sole responsibility of the employee. Memberships are pro-rated beginning in November 2019; if you purchase a membership in November or December 2019, you will receive a free Basic level membership (value: $255), or if you upgrade to a Plus level membership, you would need to pay the additional cost ($70).  Annual membership renewals must be made in person at the Dartmouth Fitness Membership Office to receive this benefit.  There will be no tax refunds if you get a refund on your membership; consult with a tax advisor.

  • Dartmouth Fitness Basic level membership provides access to the indoor racquet and squash courts, indoor track and gymnasium, and the swimming pools within Alumni Gym.
  • Dartmouth Fitness Plus level membership provides access to all of the Alumni Gym facilities included in the Basic level membership and also to the Zimmerman Fitness Center, which has a wide selection of cardio and strength training equipment.

5. Are the Pulse rewards, the Fitness Benefit reimbursement, and/or the Dartmouth Fitness Membership option considered taxable income?

Yes, 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.

6. Can I change wellness program options mid-year?

No, once a wellness program option has been elected, no changes or exceptions will be made. Active benefits eligible employees will be able to change their elections on an annual basis during Open Enrollment (October/November). Any elections made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1 of the following calendar year.

7. Does Dartmouth College have discounted membership rates at any local fitness facilities?

Not at this time. However, if you are a Cigna member, you may be able to receive discounted membership rates through our Cigna partnership. Click here to learn more.

8. What wellness program options do Retirees have?

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 your personal tax advisor regarding the proper reporting of this income.

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

9. How can I compare the Wellness Program Options?

Please see below for a chart that compares the three Wellness Program options -- 

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Last Updated: 9/24/19