Healthy Challenge Wellness Program

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The Healthy Challenge Wellness Program is a vital part of the city’s overall benefits program. It includes the Health Challenge Cash Payout Program, and partners with Virgin Pulse (formerly SimplyWell) to offer employees insurance premium incentives. It also provides a variety of other programs to help employees be at their physical and mental best every day.

 

 

View the 2022 Wellness Guide(PDF, 4MB)

View the Wellness calendar

Healthy Challenge Insurance Premium Incentive

The City of Fort Worth has partnered with Virgin Pulse, a leading health management services provider, to help manage the Healthy Challenge Premium Incentive that allow employees and retirees on the City's health plan to save up to $100 per month on next year’s insurance costs. 

To participate, employees, retirees, and spouses (if spouse is on the health plan) must complete the following requirements on their individual Virgin Pulse accounts by the August 31st deadline
:

  • Complete the Health Assessment questionnaire (HA)
  • Complete the Nicotine-Free Agreement (non-user) or a Being Tobacco Free Journey (user) (TOB)
  • Complete a biometric screening with your doctor and submit the Biometric Screening Form (BSF)

Beginning Jan. 1, 2022, all employees, employees hired before June 1, 2022, retirees, and spouses covered by the city’s health plan are eligible to participate in the Virgin Pulse program for the Premium Incentive.

Virgin Pulse also offers health and wellness resources, including health coaching, financial and mindfulness resources, and more!

Contact wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.

Healthy Challenge Cash Payout

The city’s Healthy Challenge Cash Payout is based on a point system and is available to all employees regardless of their health plan coverage. While employees are eligible for cash payouts, retirees and spouses are not. Employees earn points throughout the year for completing certain program activities, and can redeem these points for a cash reward.  The deadline to earn points for the Healthy Challenge Cash Payout is Dec. 15 of every year, with the payout distributed on the 2nd paycheck of January of the following year.

By participating in the program, individuals can earn $150 (15,000 points), $200 (25,000 points), or $250 (40,000 points).

To qualify for the Healthy Challenge Cash Payout, employees must complete the below requirements on their Virgin Pulse accounts by the corresponding deadlines:

  • August 31st Deadline: Health Assessment (HA), Nicotine-Free Agreement or Being Tobacco Free Journey (TOB), and submitting the Biometric Screening form (BSF).
  • December 15th Deadline: Self-reporting ONE Preventive Exam on your My Care Checklist on Virgin Pulse and earn points.

Read more details in the Wellness Guide about the program and earning points.(PDF, 4MB) Additional points can be earned by completing various activities, both onsite and through the Virgin Pulse online portal. See some of the examples below:

  • Complete 5,000 Steps a Day (50 points each, daily)
  • Complete a Coaching Appointment (250 points each, monthly)
  • Participate in Blood Drive (250 points each)
  • Complete an Annual Event (250 points)
  • Complete Annual Walk/Run (250 points)

Program Goal for cash payout: 15,000, 25,000 or 40,000 points

Contact wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.

Employee Assistance Program

Resources for Living, the City's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) , provides employer-sponsored counseling and relationship support, legal services, financial services, and identity theft services at no cost (up to 6 sessions per issue) to participants and all members of their household. Services are confidential and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Contact the EAP at 1-866-611-2826.

Contact wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.

 

Blood Drives

The City of Fort Worth has partnered with Carter BloodCare to provide on-site blood drives. All full-time City of Fort Worth employees who donate blood will receive an hour of vacation time (up to 6 hours per calendar year). Part-time employees who donate blood will receive an hour of comp time (up to 6 hours per calendar year). You can also earn points for the Healthy Challenge Payout. So, roll up your sleeves and visit the bloodmobile at one of our scheduled drives for 2022!

Registration links for the blood drives are made available through the City's Roundup newsletter at the start of every blood drive month and also 1-2 weeks before the date of the blood drive for that month. You must provide some type of identification (e.g., your City ID or Driver’s License) when arriving for your scheduled donation time.

 

Blood Drive Dates & Locations

February 17, April 21, June 23, August 18, October 20, & December 15

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. City Hall (south end outside) - Double Reds (Available)
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Water Field Operations
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Bob Bolen Municipal Complex - Double Reds (Available)
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. James Avenue Service Center
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Southside Service Center
12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hazel Harvey Peace Center - Double Reds (Available)
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Northside Service Center

 

Meet Double Reds

Unlike a traditional whole blood donation, Automated Red Cell Collection (2RBC) allows the donor to safely give two units of red blood cells instead of just one — thus, the nickname “Double Reds.” The process separates blood into its components while it is being drawn. Because only red blood cells are being collected, enough can be collected for two red-cell transfusions and the remaining components are returned to the donor. The collection procedure takes just 20 minutes longer than a whole blood donation and can be performed every four months. 


2RBC Donor Requirements
2RBC donors must meet certain height and weight requirements, as well as routine donor criteria:

• Males must weigh at least 150 lbs. and be 5'5" or taller.

• Females must weigh at least 130 lbs. and be 5'1" or taller.

 

If donating at a Carter Blood Care Center, please use Sponsor Number: SPON033098

For more information, email wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov. 

Fitness Membership Discounts

Check out the discounted membership fees you are eligible for at area fitness centers down below. Fees listed are effective as of January 1, 2022. 

Contact wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.

 

Anytime Fitness

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

Multiple locations in DFW, 24-hour access

20% off standard fee with 12-month contract

(Standard fee is $49 per month, plus tax.)

None

Call 817-207-0900 or visit www.anytimefitness.com

 

Camp Gladiator

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

Over 750 locations in DFW

CG BOLD 6: Minimum 6-month commitment for $76.50 per month

CG BOLD 12: Minimum 12-month commitment for $67.50 per month

CG BOLD 24: Minimum 24-month commitment for $58.50 per month

None

Contact Erica Bevel at 817-690-1114

or ericabevel@campgladiator.com

 

CERA (Formerly LMRA)

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

3300 Bryant Irvin Rd., Fort Worth

$35 per individual

$56 for a family of 2

$25 for an individual (60+)

$42 for a family of 2 (60+)

None

Contact Crissy Carter at 817-732-7731, ext. 123, or visit www.cera-fw.org

 

LA Fitness

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

Multiple locations in DFW

$29.99, plus tax

$25

Contact Luis Salmeron at 214-681-2582 or Luis.Salmeron@fitnessintl.com

 

Resource Connect Aquatic Center

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

2200 Circle Dr., Fort Worth

$25 per individual

$35 for a family of 2-4

$45 for a family of 5+

None

Contact Kayla Rogers at 817-531-7667 or RCAquaticCenter@tarrantcounty.com

 

Vigor Active

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

615 Commerce St., Fort Worth

$45 per month, no contract

Pay 12 months in full, get 3 months free

None

Visit www.vigoractive.net

 

YMCA

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

Multiple locations in DFW

Household 1: 2 adults + children up to 19 yr. ($77 per month)

Household 2: 2 adults OR 1 adult + children up to 19 yr. ($71 per month)

Individual: 26 - 61 yr. ($48 per month)

Senior Couple: 2 adults - 1 must be 62+ yr. ($58 per month)

Senior Individual: 62+ yr. ($38 per month)

Young Adult: 13-26 yr. ($38 per month)

None

Contact Elva Sandoval at
817-566-1040 or esandoval@ymcafw.org

 

Orangetheory Fitness

Location

Discount

Enrollment Fee

Sign-up Contact

Multiple locations in DFW

 $10 off Premier or Elite membership

 

None

Present your employee ID when signing up

Contact jgarcia@otfdfw.com or 817-308-0057

Healthy Habits Fitness Classes

Fitness and lifestyle classes are offered by the Healthy Challenge Wellness Program to all employees, retirees and spouses at no cost. Participation will also earn points toward the Healthy Challenge Cash Payout. Availability of the Healthy Habit classes may vary and is dependent on COVID safety guidelines.

Upcoming Wellness activities can be viewed on the Wellness calendar

Contact wellnessprogram@fortworthtexas.gov for more information.

 

Fitness Classes

Fit Camp

This 45-minute long boot camp is designed for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on maximum calorie burn in a short amount of time. A combination of strength training, cardio, muscle endurance, flexibility, functional movement patterns and teamwork will help participants who are looking to burn fat, tighten the body, improve strength and build muscle. This class emphasizes getting participants fit and healthy while challenging the mind and body in ways that make fitness fun.


ExRx

This is an intermediate level, boot camp style, total body workout class for those individuals ready to challenge themselves using calisthenics, hand weights, bands, speed walking or sprints, and stair climbing. The emphasis of the class is proper form, proper warm-up, proper cool down, exercise variety, muscle strengthening and endurance, increasing metabolism, improving flexibility, and ways to exercise at home. 


Total Body Blast

A heart-pumping, total-body workout designed to challenge every aspect of your fitness. Using calisthenics, hand weights, sprints, and stair climbing take your fitness to the next level and discover how strong you really are. All fitness levels welcome and modifications provided by the instructor. If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. 


Yoga

A class for all abilities and interests. The emphasis is to increase awareness of wellness mechanics through various physical postures as integrated with breathing and relaxation techniques. The class will include warm-up, breath work, posture (both more active and more passive), and balancing and relaxation elements. There is no perfect way to work through this practice; each participant is encouraged to bring an “as you are” awareness and an attitude helpful toward self-improvement. 


Zumba

Zumba is a dance aerobics class that fuses hypnotic musical rhythms and tantalizing moves to create a dynamic workout system designed to be fun and easy to do. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. 

 

Blue Zones Project

Blue Zones Project is a community-wide well-being improvement initiative to help make healthy choices easier for everyone in Fort Worth. Blue Zones Project encourages changes in the community that lead to healthier options, from worksites and schools to restaurants and grocery stores. These small changes contribute to huge benefits for the entire community, including lowered healthcare costs, improved productivity, and ultimately, a higher quality of life.

The City of Fort Worth currently has over 47 Blue Zones Approved Work Sites, the most Blue Zones Approved Work Sites in the nation!