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New for 2014! MHealthy introduces two new offerings focused on managing weight and eating smarter.

Ready to Lose

Registration opens Feb. 24! Ready To Lose: MHealthy's new weight loss program

Built on the collective wisdom of researchers, MHealthy weight loss experts, and our clients, Ready to Lose is a new approach to helping you shed extra pounds. Learn how to overcome common challenges that sabotage even the most focused and dedicated individuals.

Ready to Lose is a free, 24-week, webinar-based weight loss program open to U-M faculty, staff and spouses/other qualified adults with a BMI above 25. It offers convenience, support and personal coaching to help increase your chance of success. Start with getting a certified weigh-in, then log in and join MHealthy experts each week for a 30-minute webinar:

  • Learn about a common weight loss challenge and strategies for success
  • Discuss your own experience and/or listen to others
  • Get advice from coaches and the community of participants

Registration opens Feb. 24. The first webinar is Mar. 10, with rolling admission throughout the program. Learn more about Ready to Lose...


Recipe Database

Coming soon – New MHealthy Recipes

We are making it easier for you and your family to eat smarter. Search through more than 300 healthy recipes that are delicious, satisfying, quick and easy in the new MHealthy Recipe finder.

Features include:

  • Easily search recipes by selecting a meal course or food category, then continue to narrow down your preferences until you find the perfect recipe
  • All recipes include photos and nutritional information
  • Every recipe meets the MHealthy Nutrition Guidelines
  • Create a user profile to store your favorite recipes, favorite ingredients, food allergies, and more
  • Print, email, and share recipes with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram

Look for more information on MHealthy Recipes soon.

Creating a Healthier U

U-M named one of nation’s healthiest employers

U-M named one of nation’s healthiest employers

U-M has always been committed to creating a model community of health that supports not just individual success but also the success of the University. We are proud to be named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, which recognizes employers who have comprehensively incorporated the most effective employee wellness programs and practices.

After a review of more than 2,000 U.S. employers, U-M placed at 55 in the top U.S. 100. U-M’s selection was based on:

  • Achieving high participation in health and well-being programs like Active U and MHealthy Rewards
  • Engaging employees through its network of 400 volunteer MHealthy Champions
  • Using technology and social media to engage more participants and build community
  • Offering no-cost or subsidized weight-loss programs, telephone coaching and wellness screenings
  • Offering healthier food choices in university cafeterias and vending machines and via farmer’s markets and chef demonstrations
  • Addressing employee high risk areas such as back care and stress management

The University was first named one of southeast Michigan’s healthiest employers, which led to consideration for the Healthiest 100. The recognition comes from Healthiest Employers LLC, a national data research firm specializing in health analytics, best practices and benchmark data.

View the complete list of 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America.

Did you know?  
 
MHealthy Rewards If you have gone (or plan to go) to your health care provider and had your height, weight, blood pressure, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and fasting glucose (optional/if appropriate) tested between April 1, 2013 and April 1, 2014, you do not have to attend an onsite wellness screening to complete MHealthy Rewards. Simply print this form and give it to your health care provider's office to complete and submit directly to StayWell. Once StayWell receives your form, and you have completed your health questionnaire, you will earn the $100 before-tax reward. It’s that easy! Make sure to give your provider enough time to fill out and submit your form to StayWell by April 1, 2014. MHealthy Rewards is open to qualifying benefits-eligible employees. Learn more about MHealthy Rewards ...
 
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MHEALTHY REWARDS – Earn $100 by completing a confidential wellness screening to know your numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose, and a health questionnaire.

WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK – Get an integrated approach that combines smarter eating, healthy habits, exercise and supportive weekly meetings. Cost: Only $72 for up to two 12-week sessions in 2014.

ACTIVE U SWAG SQUAD FEB. 11; MAR. 13 – Wear any past year's Active U T-shirt and you could win a cool prize! Look for photographers on campus, upload your (or your team's) photo to the MHealthy Facebook Page, or post a photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #MHealthy or #ActiveU.

NUTRITION CONSULTS – Meet with a Registered Dietitian for a free 30-minute consult to discuss goals, barriers, strategies, and other factors related to nutrition and weight management.

ERGO GRANTS – Get up to $5,000 to purchase equipment or redesign work processes to solve ergonomic issues in your department or unit.

ERGO AWARDS – Recognize a co-worker who has made small or large improvements to reduce their chance of discomfort or other ergonomic risk.

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