Mark your calendar for the 8th Annual Wellness Fair on September 20th, from 8:00am-noon.
This event will kick off two weeks of on-campus biometric screening events. Evolve Wellness participants can expect an email during the week of August 22nd with instructions to schedule biometric screening appointments.
Vivokis are here and everyone who submitted a name on the tracker request survey has been contacted. If you have not heard from Anne Remington regarding your vivoki tracker request, please contact her at email@example.com or x8355.
Garmin vivohubs are installed and ready to sync your vivoki. Vivohub sync point locations are: Elrod Commons computer kiosk in the first floor entryway, Law School Circulation Desk and University Facilities Help Desk. The vivoki can store about 30 days’ worth of data.
Good news! Your old Pebble battery will work with the vivoki.
Need assistance? Garmin Customer Support is available online and via phone at 800-800-1020. Please direct your vivoki questions to the Garmin support. Instructions for setting up the vivoki and linking it to your Evolve Wellness account were sent via email and are also available through the Human Resources dashboard blog.
Do Your Muscles Feel Forgotten?
Strength training is important for people of all ages. Your muscles want to be worked! Tone, healthy muscles help boost health, manage weight, and reduce the pain and symptoms of chronic conditions. Unfortunately, it is easy to neglect our muscles as we go about our busy lives.
This challenge encourages you to spend four weeks jump-starting your muscle training by focusing on each of the important muscle groups. We’ll show you how to do exercises that are quick and convenient. No equipment needed! You don’t even need a set of weights. Everyone can benefit from these routines, whether you are a complete beginner, just haven’t worked your muscles in a while, or even if you already work out every week.
Program Start Date: July 11th
Program End Date: August 5th at 7:00 pm ET
Total Point Value: 25
Weekly Requirement: Track muscle conditioning at least 3 days a week (12 times total for the challenge period)
HOW TO REGISTER:
You can register for this challenge starting today to July 15th at 7:00 pm ET!
Log into your Evolve Wellness account.
Click on the “My Programs” tab.
Click on the “Register” button next to the No Gym, No Problem logo. A registration pop-up will appear. Click “submit” to register.
For additional information on the challenge, click on the “Learn More” button.
All registered participants and all eligible employees received the letter below regarding the discontinued support for our Pebble activity trackers. Please complete the Tracker Request by June 21st to request a replacement device. The replacement form takes less than 5 minutes to complete. It can be reached at go.wlu.edu/tracker-request.
Sent via email from firstname.lastname@example.org:
FitLinxx, the manufacturer of the Pebble, has notified us that they are dropping their device support and data integration effective mid-June. As a result, Pebble access will be removed from the wellness site’s “Devices” page and your Pebble data will no longer be sent to the wellness system after the end of the current wellness year, on June 11th.
You will have access to your Pebble data that is imported into your wellness account through to June 12th. This can be viewed through the “View/Edit History” link in the physical activity section on the “My Trackers” page of the wellness site. All other activity trackers and apps listed on the “Devices” page will continue to sync with the Evolve Wellness web portal.
We apologize for the inconvenience this change to Pebble support may cause. Washington and Lee University has chosen a new activity tracker, the Garmin Vivoki, to replace the Pebble in order to ensure a convenient and effective means of tracking physical activity for Pebble users. In order to request a new tracker, please complete the request survey via Survey Monkey by June 21st. Click on the link below to access the survey.
Live Well W&L Activity Tracker Request
Please let us know if you have questions about your Pebble data or if you would like help understanding the alternative methods for tracking your physical activity in the wellness system.
Evolve Wellness Help Desk
866-900-5325 ext. 3507
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm ET
The following is a message from Fitlinxx in regards to the Apple iOS9 release error that FitConnect app users are receiving:
FitLinxx is currently addressing a problem between the FitConnect mobile app and the newly released iOS 9 mobile operating system. This problem may prevent the FitConnect app from opening correctly after an update to iOS 9 has been completed. We will provide more information as soon as possible.
In the meantime, your Pebble+ should continue track and store your steps while FitLinxx works on a resolution.
The Power of Two wellness program begins on September 21. You can participate with a partner or on your own.
The Power of Two is about making small changes in your daily life that can have meaningful and long-lasting effects on your health. Over the course of 8 weeks, you will be given practical and achievable challenges that will help you improve your diet, lose weight, and become more fit. In this program you will have plenty of support! Many of the activities can be done with a partner so you have a friend or coworker to support, encourage, and motivate you. That’s the Power of Two! You can also team up with several people if you want. A buddy is not required, although recommended.
If weight loss is not your goal, you can still participate and get credit for the program. Many of the activities, such as evaluating what you eat or getting more exercise, are important for everyone. When it asks you to cut calories from your daily diet, however, you can just focus on eating healthier foods. YOUR goal would be to get healthier calories rather than fewer of them. (We trust you to stay in the spirit of the program and modify your goals accordingly.)
All of the materials and information that you will need can be found on the Evolve Wellness Portal at www.bebetterhealth.net, on the My Programs page.
• The program will begin on September 21 and end on November 14.
• Registration deadline is 7pm on September 21.
• Earn 25 incentive points upon completion.
Introducing the beBetter Health Physical Activity Tracker for your smartphone. It features an activity log and your personalized wellness plan.
The Mad Muscle Challenge ends on Saturday February 28th. Please have your tracker updated by 6:00pm for your muscle strengthening activity to count towards the challenge goal of eight entries.
Are you ready for a challenge that will “Pump You Up”? On February 2nd, the Evolve Wellness Program is launching a fun, easy-to-follow muscle conditioning program called Mad Muscle Challenge!
It is important to exercise the entire body, not just the heart muscle! The benefits of incorporating strength training and flexibility into your life are many: it decreases the amount of fat in your body, helps control weight, develops stronger bones, helps you cope with chronic conditions, and increases your focus and energy level. If you would like to gain even one of these benefits, this challenge is for you!
In this 4-week program, you’ll make a conscious effort to do strength training or flexibility exercises. You don’t even have to use weights; you can do these exercises with your own body or resistance bands.
The challenge registration is open until February 6 at 7pm ET
The challenge begins on February 2 and ends on February 28
Participate by doing a muscle conditioning activity twice a week
Participants will earn 25 Wellness Points upon completion
Use the muscle conditioning tracker on the “Track My Physical Activity” page
Log at least two times per week (a total of 8 times)
Here are some resources that you may find helpful if you need ideas to participate in the challenge:
Bodybuilding.com Exercise Guide
NIH Senior Health: Exercises That Build Muscle
Free Online Yoga Classes by skill level and type at doyogawithme.com
Fifty Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
5 basic bodyweight moves from MyFitnessPal.com
A 28-Day Squat Challenge from MyFitnessPal.com
Tracking in Evolve Wellness just got easier for some of you who use a tracking device other than a Pebble. You can now sync a variety of tracking devices with your Evolve Wellness website including:
To use one of these activity trackers, register it on the My Devices page and your wellness website will sync with the device’s website. If you register a new tracker, please only use one at a time. If you sync two devices, the data will replicate in your tracker.
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