Vitality, a member of Discovery, Ltd., a global financial services organization offering an incentive-based wellness program to employers as part of their benefits program, partnered with Wellness Layers to release a revamped configurable challenges platform. Vitality encourages changes in lifestyle that reduce health care costs by rewarding members for addressing specific health issues, and the Wellness Layers platform is a vital player in reaching and engaging their members.
The new Vitality challenges solution integrates the Wellness Layers Platform and its set of foundation social modules. The team-based challenges provide participants with fun step, activity and point team challenges, with access to leaderboards to track their teams’ progress, discussion walls for participants to engage in conversations to drive friendly competition and customizable social profiles to share updates on their progress. The backend administrative functionality includes the ability for the employer to fully customize a variety of challenges, determine team sizes, the start and end dates, choose participants and prizes, download reports and send out notifications. Challenges enable employees to interact with different departments and office locations, further driving engagement.
All change is emotional and establishing new healthy habits is no exception. The team based element of challenges provides playful connectivity and the emotional aspect needed in order to create an environment conducive for long term behavior change. What sets this system apart from many other solutions is that the Wellness Layers Platform offers Vitality clients complete, uncompromising control over designing and running their own local, wellness challenges. This provides a unique platform for self-expression at the employer level, making the challenges personalized to the organization itself.