Participate in wellness initiatives to improve health, qualify for 2015 Wellness Premium Incentive; sign up today

weights, healthy foodMaintaining health is an ongoing effort, and so too is qualifying for savings through the university’s wellness programs.

Case Western Reserve employees who want to receive premium incentives in 2015 must complete the Health Risk Appraisal, Biometric Screening and the Tobacco Attestation Form. Those who completed these activities last year still must complete them again to qualify for another year of the incentive. As was the case last year, the Biometric Screenings are free, and all of the information provided is confidential.

Faculty and staff members on the Case Western Reserve Benelect plan (and those adding medical coverage for 2015) who participate in all three elements then can qualify for a $25 per-month incentive on their 2015 health insurance premiums.

The incentives are part of the university’s ongoing efforts to enhance employee wellness, which in turn lowers health care costs over time. With the exception of benefits provided through Kaiser Permanente, the university is self-insured. This self-insurance approach means that the institution bears the cost of care; if expenses climb, so too do the university’s – and the premiums employees must pay.

Below is additional information about each option:

Health Risk Appraisals

Through the University of Michigan’s Health Management Research Center, Case Western Reserve employees can complete free, confidential Health Risk Appraisals (HRAs) online at until Nov. 30. The appraisal asks about smoking, drinking, diet, exercise and other behaviors.

Those who complete the HRAs will receive confidential, individualized feedback. The university will not be able to access any individual responses; only de-identified, aggregate data will be provided to the institution.

The overall information will help guide what wellness programs the university will offer to enhance campus health and help prevent chronic disease and acute illness.

Biometric Health Screenings

The university also will offer free, confidential biometric screenings on campus to measure blood pressure, height, weight, cholesterol and glucose. Participants will be able to view their results online within three to five days; they also will receive printed copies of the results within two to three weeks. As with the health risk appraisals, the university only will see aggregate data from the screenings and will not have access to any individual responses.

The screenings include measures of blood pressure, cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, height, weight, BMI (Body Mass Index) and waist circumference.  Participants must fast for 9-12 hours in advance of the screening.

Registration is available now for onsite biometric screenings offered by Quest Diagnostics at Use the code “CWRU” to register. On-site screenings will be offered on multiple days through November in various locations on campus.

Crawford Hall, Room 209

  • Oct. 14–17 (7 a.m.–noon each day)
  • Oct. 21–24 (7 a.m.–noon each day)

Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Faculty Staff Lounge

  • Oct. 27–31 (7 a.m.–noon each day)
  • Nov. 24–26 (7 a.m.–2 p.m. each day)

Tinkham Veale University Center (CWRU ID required for entry into building before 8 a.m.)

  • Nov. 5­–7 (7 a.m.–2 p.m. each day): Senior Classroom
  • Nov. 11–14 (7 a.m.–2 p.m. each day): First Floor Conference Room
  • Nov. 17–20 (7 a.m.–2 p.m. each day): First Floor Conference Room

Participants can use the registration key “CWRU.” If they participated in the screening last year, they will need to use the same password.

A demo of the online appointment scheduler is available online at Registration closes two weeks prior to each screening date.

If none of the on-campus events are convenient to attend, it’s possible to schedule visits to Quest Patient Service Centers online through the same website,

Those employees who have had biometric screenings completed by their physicians since April 1, 2014, will be able to download a physician results form at

Questions? Email or call Benefits Administration at 368.6781.

Tobacco Attestation Form

Those who wish to qualify for the incentives also must complete the online tobacco attestation form between Nov. 3 and Nov. 30. The form requires them to state whether they use tobacco. The form can be found in HCM Self-Service—Benefits—Wellness Program.

Contact with questions.

Wellness Premium Incentives

All three activities must be completed by Nov. 30 to be eligible for the $25 monthly Wellness Premium Incentive throughout 2015. Faculty and staff members who elect for Benelect medical plan coverage for 2015 and complete all three activities by the due date will also be eligible to obtain one or two $100 Wellness Program Incentives in 2015 by participating in various wellness programs.

Contact or 216.368.5790 with questions.