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Health & Wellness Incentive Reimbursement Pilot Program

Overview

Binghamton University is on a mission to be the healthiest campus in the country. A healthy campus promotes and encourages a culture where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Offering faculty and staff cost-effective wellness programs that support healthier choices, particularly around physical activity, can significantly improve the health and wellbeing of our campus community.

In support of the University-wide B-Healthy initiative, Campus Recreation has developed the Health & Wellness Incentive Reimbursement Pilot Program. This pilot program will allow University benefit-eligible faculty and staff* (temporary hourly University employees are not eligible for this program) to apply for a 50% reimbursement of their FitSpace fitness membership fee after completing a set number of exercise sessions. Playing basketball, swimming laps, walking on a treadmill, taking a group fitness class or lifting weights in FitSpace all qualify as an exercise session. If you are active and in the Rec Center, you're exercising!

Faculty and staff may choose from three different membership options:

  • Annual Membership (12 months)
  • Annual Repetitive Membership (12 months with monthly payments)
  • Academic Annual Membership (9 months)

In order to be eligible for the reimbursement, program participants must pay member fees in full at the start of the membership period. The exception is the Annual Repetitive Membership, which offers a convenient monthly payment option. Participants who choose this option will be eligible for reimbursement after the annual contract is fulfilled.

Once the program participant has met the session requirements after at least six months (Annual and Academic Annual) or 12 months (Annual Repetitive), he or she can start the reimbursement claim process:

  1. Complete and submit verification form
  2. Provide proof of membership fee payment
  3. Provide verification of exercise sessions (available through Campus Recreation)

Reimbursements will be processed within 30 days of receipt. Any reimbursed amount may be considered income and subject to state and federal taxes.  

Membership  Fee   Sessions   Reimbursement   Eligibility  It's like paying... 
Annual   $290   At least 50  $140 After 6 months 97¢ per session†
Annual Repetitive   $288  At least 50  $144 After 12 months $1 per session†
Academic Annual   $235  At least 38  $117.50 After 6 months 92¢ per session†
†Calculated under the assumption that the participant exercises three times per week (12x per month) throughout their membership term.
*Binghamton University Dining, Barnes & Noble and Campus Pre-School employees are eligible for this pilot program. Research Foundation employees are not eligible for this pilot program since they presently have a similar program available.

Eligibility

The Health and Wellness Incentive Reimbursement Pilot Program is currently open to University benefit-eligible faculty and staff (temporary hourly University employees are not eligible for this pilot program). Binghamton University Dining, Barnes & Noble and Campus Pre-School employees are also eligible for this pilot program. Research Foundation employees are not eligible for this program since they presently have a similar program available.

If you are unsure about your eligibility status for this pilot program, we encourage you to call Sara DeClemente-Hammoud with Human Resources at (607) 777-4939 for clarification BEFORE purchasing your fitness membership.

Program benefits

Benefits to participating in an employee fitness reimbursement program may include improved physical and mental health, improved productivity, increased job satisfaction and lower personal medical costs. One recent study found that employees who participated in a similar program exercised three times as often as those who did not participate and were twice as likely to maintain their exercise routine after the membership term ended.

Resources

Download a printable Program Overview or list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact

For questions about the Health & Wellness Incentive Reimbursement Pilot Program or the status of a reimbursement request please send an email to Liz Treadwell, Recreation Business Operations.

Specific eligibility questions should be directed to Sara DeClemente-Hammoud, Human Resources, at (607) 777-4939 or through email.

Last Updated: 1/23/18