Virgin HealthMiles

So last week, my company started this new health initiative called Virgin HealthMiles. It’s apparently run at least somewhat in conjunction with our health insurer. Anyone else ever heard of this?

The basic idea is that you wear this special pedometer that tracks the number of steps that you do in a given day. You get points (they call them “miles”) for doing various things, chief of which is different activities, like getting at least 7000 steps in a day. Once you reach certain levels of miles, they give you money. The more you do, the more you make. The pedometers come with a USB cable and some software that automatically uploads your steps to Virgin’s website.

My company was giving out these pedometers to the first 400 people that signed up (normally they are $24.99 each) so naturally I scored one. You can get up to $150 a year by doing this. There are 5 levels and you get different amounts of cash for reaching each level. Level 1 is where you start out and is worth $0, then $25, $25, $50 and $50 I believe. It looks like the 5th level might be a bit hard to get, though we shall see.

They also have an “upgraded” membership which you can sign up for $6.99/mo. With that membership, you can earn up to $500/year. I think the levels are $0, $25, $125, $175, and $175. So if you can make it to level 3 (which is 12,000 “miles”), the upgraded membership pays for itself. After like a week, I’m at 3910 miles, though they give you lots of bonus miles when you first start out so I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up that pace. Still, Level 3 seems pretty reachable. I’m already almost to Level 2 (6,000 “miles”). You have up to 60 days to convert your membership so I’ll be seeing where I’m at around Day 58 but I expect that I’ll be upgrading at that point.

The other thing is that a few of us here at work that got the pedometers are having a little step-competition. We were trying to figure out what kind of ground rules that we could make to discourage cheating. It turns out that the website lets you set up challenges. These challenges allow you to set up teams as well as handicaps (to allow people at different step levels to compete on even ground). We have set one up but the system doesn’t seem to be working correctly.

I’m not sure if this is open to the general public or not – you’d certainly have to pay the $6.99/mo and the $25 for the pedometer, but even still, if you’re moderately active, it could be worth it. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Possibly Related posts:

  1. Biking fun So I have been trying to get out on a weekend for a longer bike ride for awhile now. But it seems like things just seem to always come up that take precedence, and so it has taken until now to get out. Under threat of rain, I headed out about 6:30 pm over to [...]...
  2. Skyfort Playset Installation – Day 23 (4/21) No work on Wednesday due to other activities, and Thursday was packed too – but after I got home and put the kids to bed, I wanted to at least get in a little bit of work, even though it was almost dark. I had the monkey bars assembled, so I went ahead and attached [...]...
  3. Retaining wall part deux If you missed my last post about the retaining wall, scroll down or follow the link to see my laborings of Saturday morning. After the trip to Home Depot in the afternoon, I went back out after dinner. As you can see from the below picture, I managed to get layers 3 and 4 pretty [...]...
  4. Q4 2007 Exercise recap Was looking around, and noticed that in the 4th quarter of last year (well, really the last 2 months – from 10/29 to 12/31) I biked 562.8 miles (and ran that final backwards 0.8 miles) 563.6 miles over 62 days is 9.09 miles every day. Subtracting the 9 Sundays that I did not run it’s [...]...
  5. Health Miles step challenge So, I’ve been in this Health Miles program at work for almost a year now. Click the link where I explain it more but basically they pay you for being healthy and walking. So for the month of April the company has been doing a step challenge. Basically whoever takes the most steps wins. Plus, [...]...

Comments (2) left to “Virgin HealthMiles”

  1. THE PEOPLE MUST HAVE THEIR DAN MILLER / I gave her the ol’ blood pressure arm switcheroo! wrote:

    [...] work, they started a new program called HealthMiles. I’ve written about this before but basically they pay you to be healthy. Part of this is that every month you get [...]

  2. THE PEOPLE MUST HAVE THEIR DAN MILLER / Health Miles step challenge wrote:

    [...] I’ve been in this Health Miles program at work for almost a year now. Click the link where I explain it more but basically they [...]

Post a Comment

*Required
*Required (Never published)