Yes, employees participating in the Wellness Your Way incentive program may earn 60 Tier 2 points for 2018 by accumulating a minimum of 65 percent of total available points for the 12-week University Challenge period, Oct. 2 through Dec. 24, 2017.
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Life On The Move.
Can I earn points towards my 2018 Wellness Incentive totals?
When does the Life On The Move University Challenge begin and end?
The University Challenge begins October 2, 2017 and runs through December 24, 2017.
How does Life On The Move differ from the National On The Move Challenge?
Life On The Move is an exciting new opportunity being offered by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), the same company who brought us the National On The Move Challenge.
Rather than a 12-week challenge against other companies, Life On The Move is an online platform that will help you move more, assess your progress, create a support system for physical activity and achieve total well-being. It will give you resources to not just move physically, but to move yourself in other areas of your life like mentally and relationally. The web address differs (https://lifeonthemove.welcoa.org/) and the platform has a new look, but the features are familiar. Additionally, Life On The Move has a new feature in which users can set up individual challenges and/or challenge other departments within Kent State. Right now, the points you rack up can either go towards those inter-organizational challenges or simply be a way to stay on track with your personal well-being goals and socialize with coworkers. In the fall, we’ll have the opportunity to challenge other universities/colleges in the FIRST ever University Challenge. Once in the University Challenge, your points will then go towards TEAM KENT STATE as we demonstrate that we are the university on a mission to top the leaderboard and show that we are “undeniably” on the move! More information will be coming soon.
How will participating in Life On The Move benefit me?
This platform will help fuel you for all areas of well-being including:
- And so much more
Benefits to participating employees may include boosting mood, reducing stress, increasing resilience, heightening creativity, looking and feeling younger, managing weight, toning and strengthening muscles, and building comradery with coworkers. Given all of these benefits, this initiative could ultimately help Kent State remain one of America’s Top 20 most active companies, improve talent attraction and retention, increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, reduce employee turnover, offer an ongoing reason and motivation for employees to be physically active, and improve the culture surrounding regular movement during the workday.
How do I earn points?
Just like with the National On The Move Challenge, each week you will have an opportunity to Learn about various health topics from the experts, Assess your current status on important health issues, Share successes and goals with your teammates, Boost teammates to show support and—of course—Move your body!
Your goal is to get 100 Move Points every day for moving when you want, how you want and how much you want. Participating in the other activities will also earn you points each week. Collectively, these activities are known as BLAMS (Boost, Learn, Assess, Move, Share).
How much time out of my week will participating in Life On The Move require?
Life On The Move activities are, for the most part, designed to fit into employees’ existing routines.
It may take an additional 10 minutes a week to complete BLAMS and a little extra time to track and report your Move activity. All activities aside from Move can be completed in one sitting, lasting about 20 minutes, or could be spread out across the week. It’s really up to you to decide how active you’d like to be with the platform throughout your week.
Do I have to complete all sections (BLAMS) of each weekly challenge to earn points?
No, but remember each component of the challenge that you complete will earn points.
To derive maximum benefit from the Life On The Move platform, we strongly encourage you to complete all of the weekly challenge features.
How will I know how many points I can earn each week?
The progress bar at the top of each Weekly Challenge will show you how many points you have earned and how many are still available for that week.
It is within an orange rectangle at the top of the screen and has the words “YOUR POINTS THIS WEEK” on the left. You can also go to your “Dashboard” to see how many points you earned in previous weeks.
Do I need an electronic tracking device to earn Move Points?
While most tracking devices are compatible with the Life On The Move platform, it is NOT necessary to have a tracking device to monitor your moves.
You may enter your movement manually and the platform will do the calculations for you. Here are step-by-step directions for manually tracking moves.
Do I need to log in to the platform every day to track my Move activity?
No, you can track past days’ activity by using the back buttons in the Move section of your Weekly Challenge page.
You can also sync an activity tracking device to automatically track points. You can retroactively log Moves up to two weeks in the past. However, you cannot earn points for past weeks’ Learn, Assess, Share or Boost activities.
Is Life On The Move just for very active people?
Absolutely not; this is for everyone. All you have to do is have a desire to move more and feel better.
You may find that achieving 100 Move Points is easier than it sounds and will ultimately enrich your life.
Who will be able to see my information on the website?
Your teammates can see any public goals or comments that you choose to type into the Share section of the site.
Your teammates can also view how many points you have earned weekly unless you select the option “Please, keep my points private” in your profile set-up. To select or de-select public view of your points, click on the drop down menu, next to your name, at the top right of the screen, then click on “VIEW MY PROFILE”. Once your profile is displayed, you can click on “EDIT PROFILE”. The option to make your points private can be found at the very bottom. This is also where you can choose to opt out of receiving emails from WELCOA. Make sure to save any changes you make.
- Is there a Smartphone application for Life On The Move?
How can I see my coworkers’ points or which activities they have completed for the week?
When you click on the “TEAM & CHALLENGES” tab in the top navigation, a list of all your team members will be displayed. You can scroll through this list or search for a specific team member using the search bar.
Once you have found a teammate and want to view their points, first check if there is a little lock icon in the corner of their profile block. If you see this lock symbol, it means that this teammate has chosen to keep their points private. Click on the teammate's name and you will be redirected to their profile. Within their profile you can view their total points, points for each week and which BLAMS activities they have accomplished each week, including the current week. If it is toward the end of the week and you see a coworker has yet to complete their BLAMS, it may be helpful to remind them.
Is there a section of the platform where I can find previous Moves of the Week?
Yes! Under the “RESOURCES” tab, you will find a multitude of helpful information, including a compilation of past Moves of the Week.
Once you have clicked on “RESOURCES”, underneath the main navigation you will see a second, smaller navigation. Click on “Move of the Week”. There will be a video of the current move of the week, and if you scroll down, you can click on any previous Move to view a video of that Move.
Can I link my Apple Watch with the Life On The Move platform?
Unfortunately, the Life On The Move platform does not currently support the Apple Watch directly. However, apps such as Runkeeper and the Fitbit app can be downloaded to your Apple Watch and will track activity you perform while wearing the watch. Simply download the app to your Apple Watch and make sure to link the app with the Life On The Move platform.
If I have an activity tracking device but forgot to wear it or took it off to do an activity such as swimming, is there any way to still record those activities?
While most tracking devices allow you to manually input additional activities you performed, there is also a way you can do this within the Life On The Move platform.
You can temporarily unlink your device and manually add activities that your device didn’t capture. Once you have manually entered these extra activities, simply relink your device and continue moving!
What can I do if I’m experiencing technical difficulties within the platform or have a question about its functionality?
Regardless of which section of the platform you are in, there is always an orange “Help” widget in the bottom right corner of the screen. You can click on this and type in key words related to what you need help with.
This will bring up articles geared towards helping solve your issue. If the articles are not able to assist in resolving your problem, you can then click on “Leave us a message” to submit a help ticket.
How can I create my own challenge?
- Click on the “TEAM & CHALLENGES” tab in the top navigation.
- To the right of your list of teammates, locate where it says “CREATE A CHALLENGE”. Click on the orange block, and you will be directed to a new section of the platform where you can set up the specifics of your challenge.
- You will be prompted to select a start and end date.
- You will be given the option to customize the name of the challenge.
- Select the individuals you want to challenge from your list of teammates. You are able to sort your teammates either by name or by department to locate individuals you want to challenge.
- Lastly, fill in a subject line and message for the email that will go out to the individuals you selected for your challenge and click “CONTINUE”.
- Then you are finished – you have successfully created your challenge!
How can I find out who in my department is participating in Life On The Move?
An additional advantage of the new internal challenges aspect of Life On The Move is that you are able to sort your teammates by department.
Click the “TEAM & CHALLENGES” tab in the top navigation and then click on “CREATE A CHALLENGE”. Entering this section of the platform and sorting teammates by department is a great way to discover who from your department is participating, even if you don’t want to actually create a challenge. Scroll down to where you would select individuals for a challenge, and you can sort your teammates by name or department.
If you post any of your Moves to social media, be sure to use the hashtag #ShowUsYourMove. All posts with this hashtag will show up on a tagboard within the “RESOURCES” section of the Life On The Move platform.
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