Wellness Challenges


Each Challenge is Worth 5 Credits for the HealthQuest Rewards Program

 

Challenges are designed to give eligible members the opportunity to practice healthy behaviors. Challenges focus on key behaviors such as physical activity, nutrition, weight management and stress management that help to lower health risks. Research shows these behaviors enhance the health and quality of life for individuals that include them in their daily lifestyle.

Below are the wellness challenges being offered during the 2014 HealthQuest program year (August 1, 2013 - November 15, 2014). Each challenge can only be accessed through the wellness portal during the timeframe specified. Participants track their progress daily or weekly on the portal while working toward the goal of the challenge. Credits will be awarded on the portal automatically upon completion of each challenge.

Chug A Jug Challenge August 19 - September 16, 2013
Maintain Don't Gain Challenge November 4 - December 16, 2013
Chill Out Challenge January 15 - February 12, 2014
Financial Fitness Challenge April 2 - 30, 2014
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Who is Eligible to Participate in Challenges?

  • Benefits eligible State and Non State employees who are enrolled in the State Employee Health Plan or who have waived coverage in the plan

  • Retirees and spouses who are enrolled in the medical portion State Employee Health Plan

 


CHUG A JUG CHALLENGE
August 19 - September 16, 2013

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Proper hydration is important to keep your body working well and feeling good! Water is a principal part of your body and it makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water.  When you don't have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions, you can feel tired and drained of energy and it can even affect your short-term memory and your ability to concentrate. On average, the Institute of Medicine recommends males drink 13 cups of fluid and females drink nine cups of fluid each day to stay properly hydrated.  This recommendation is for all fluid intake including juice, milk and other beverages.  This four-week challenge focuses on tracking water intake throughout your day to be sure you get a healthy balance of hydration!

Participants will earn 1 point for each cup (8 ounces) of water you drink per day.

How to Participate:

  • Track your activity on the wellness portal at www.KansasHealthQuest.com. Log in and click on "Challenges" from the left menu and then select "Current Challenge."
    • Receive 1 point for each cup (8 ounces) of water you drink per day
    • Earn up to 8 points daily
    • Total possible points = 240
    • Goal = 160
  • You may download the paper tracking form for convenience and enter your points online later.
  • Or track your activity using the MyaHealth mobile app and your wellness portal account will be automatically updated. Download the free MyaHealth app through the App Store or Google Play. The app can be used with iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android devices. Login with the same User ID and Password that you use on the wellness portal.  See MyaHealth Guide for details.
  • To complete the challenge you will need to earn 160 activity points by September 16, 2013.
  • Record all activity points online by September 23, 2013.
  • 5 credits will be awarded to your portal account automatically when you complete the challenge.

 


MAINTAIN DON'T GAIN CHALLENGE
November 4 - December 16, 2013

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Download Tracking Form (PDF)MAINTAIN DON'T GAIN |
Download Challenge Info (Word)MAINTAIN DON'T GAIN

Maintaining your body weight during the holiday season can be difficult. This six-week challenge will encourage behaviors that support weight management by promoting healthy eating, regular physical activity, and a balanced consumption of treats like sweets, alcohol and sugary beverages. These habits are supportive of maintaining weight while celebrating a healthy holiday season.

Participants will earn 1 point per activity per day by completing the following activities:

  • Weighing yourself
  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Eating a healthy lunch
  • Exercising 30 minutes or more
  • Limiting sweets to 1 serving or less
  • Limiting alcoholic or sugary beverages to 1 serving or less

How to Participate:

  • Track your activity on the wellness portal at www.KansasHealthQuest.com. Log in and click on "Challenges" from the left menu and then select "Current Challenge."
    • Receive 1 point for each healthy behavior that you practice each day
    • Earn up to 6 points daily
    • Total possible points = 252
    • Goal = 150
  • You may download the paper tracking form for convenience and enter your points online later.
  • Or track your activity using the MyaHealth mobile app and your wellness portal account will be automatically updated. Download the free MyaHealth app through the App Store or Google Play. The app can be used with iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android devices. Login with the same User ID and Password that you use on the wellness portal.  See MyaHealth Guide for details.
  • To complete the challenge you will need to earn 150 activity points by December 16, 2013.
  • Record all activity points online by December 23, 2013.
  • 5 credits will be awarded to your portal account automatically when you complete the challenge.

CHILL OUT CHALLENGE
January 15 - February 12, 2014

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Download Challenge Info (Word)CHILL OUT

Do you want to improve your stress management techniques and start the year feeling refreshed and full of energy?  This four-week challenge is designed to help you relax, re-charge and re-energize yourself for a less stressful new year.  Learning to manage your stress can keep you healthier and happier.  By practicing daily healthy habits like sleeping, relaxing and  exercising, you can strengthen your body to better manage both short- and long-term stress.     

Participants will earn 1 point per activity per day by completing the following activities:

  • Getting 7 hours of sleep
  • Relaxing for 15 minutes
  • Exercising for 30 minutes

How to Participate:

  • Track your activity on the wellness portal at www.KansasHealthQuest.com. Log in and click on "Challenges" from the left menu and then select "Current Challenge."
    • Receive 1 point for each healthy behavior that you practice each day
    • Earn up to 3 points daily
    • Total possible points = 90
    • Goal = 55
  • You may download the paper tracking form for convenience and enter your points online later.
  • Or track your activity using the MyaHealth mobile app and your wellness portal account will be automatically updated. Download the free MyaHealth app through the App Store or Google Play. The app can be used with iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android devices. Login with the same User ID and Password that you use on the wellness portal.  See MyaHealth Guide for details.
  • To complete the challenge you will need to earn 55 activity points by February 12, 2014.
  • Record all activity points online by February 19, 2014.
  • 5 credits will be awarded to your portal account automatically when you complete the challenge.

FINANCIAL FITNESS CHALLENGE
April 2 - 30, 2014

Download Poster (PDF)FINANCIAL FITNESS CHALLENGE |
Download Tracking Form (PDF)FINANCIAL FITNESS CHALLENGE |
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Download Challenge Info (Word)FINANCIAL FITNESS CHALLENGE

Statistics show that the majority of Americans are concerned with their financial situation.  In fact, finances are one of the top stressors for most people.  Establishing and maintaining healthy spending and saving habits is as important to your well-being as proper nutrition and regular exercise. Having financial stress can lead to loss of sleep, overeating, emotional issues and even depression and anxiety.  This challenge can help you practice good financial habits and get you on the path to finding financial wellness.

The goal is to “save” $500 virtual dollars in 4 weeks.  Participants will “save” virtual dollars by completing the following:

Save $10 virtual dollars for each of the following you complete each DAY.

  • Keep track of your total daily spending
  • Avoid using a credit card

Save $20 virtual dollars for each of the following you complete during the WEEK.

  • Pay bills on time
  • Balance your checking account

Save $30 virtual dollars for each of the following you complete during the MONTH.

  • Set aside money into a savings account
  • Set aside money into a retirement account

How to Participate:

  • Track your activity on the wellness portal at www.KansasHealthQuest.com. Log in and click on "Challenges" from the left menu and then select "Current Challenge."
    • Total possible virtual dollars = $820
    • Goal = $500
  • You may download the paper tracking form for convenience and enter your activity online later.
  • Or track your activity using the MyaHealth mobile app and your wellness portal account will be automatically updated. Download the free MyaHealth app through the App Store or Google Play. The app can be used with iPhone, iPad, iTouch and Android devices. Login with the same User ID and Password that you use on the wellness portal.  See MyaHealth Guide for details.
  • To complete the challenge you will need to save $500 virtual dollars by April 30, 2014.
  • Record all activity online by May 7, 2014.
  • 5 credits will be awarded to your portal account automatically when you complete the challenge.