Weight Loss Incentives

The best incentive for participating in the Wellness Program is how great you’ll feel as a result! But as we know, change can be a challenge. The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (TAC) offers cash incentives to encourage and reward participants for achieving their specific wellness goals.

See "Are you eligible for the Wellness Program?" to make sure you can participate.

Weight Loss Incentive

You can earn up to $2,000 by achieving the following wellness goals:

  1. $200 - Losing 5% of your total starting body weight
  2. $200 - Losing 10% of your total starting body weight
  3. $600* - Losing 50% of the weight required to achieve a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or lower
  4. $1,000* - Losing 100% of the weight required to achieve a BMI of 25 or lower

*Incentives 3 and 4 also require a Physician Confirmation Form and an annual physical exam.

In all cases, you’re required to complete the Wellness Program Incentive Form regarding your participation in the components of the program. Please note that all incentives are taxable and that a Form 1099 will be generated by the Texas Annual Conference when appropriate. (TAC lay employees will have incentives added to their W-2 income).

Each incentive can be earned only once, and the incentives may be combined.

Yearly limits on $ earned do apply – see below.

2019 Annual Maintenance Incentive

An Annual Maintenance Incentive of $1,000 can be earned by maintaining a BMI of 25 or lower as specified below:

  1. If a participant is at a BMI of 25 or lower at the Day of Wellness and maintains a BMI of 25 or lower, the 2019 Annual Maintenance Incentive can be applied for starting 6 months from attending the day of Wellness and no later than December 31, 2019.
  2. If a prior incentive has been earned, the 2019 Annual Maintenance Incentive can be applied for starting 6 months from the date of the prior earned incentive, and no later than December 31, 2019.
  3. Only one $1000 Maintenance Incentive will be paid during 2019. Deadline for submission of this incentive is December 31, 2019.

Complete and submit the following Maintenance Incentives Form & Physician Confirmation Form

Yearly limits on $ earned do apply – see below.

Pregnancy Weight Loss Incentive

Effective January 1, 2008, women who return to their 1st trimester weight in the year following their delivery will be eligible for a $2,000 incentive. This incentive is in addition to other earned incentives. Yearly limits on $ earned do apply – see below.

As with all other Wellness Incentives, participation in a Day of Wellness is required. The mother must be a participant in the Texas Annual Conference Group Health Benefits Program when the baby is born.

The incentive requires completion of the Pregnancy Weight Loss Incentive Form and Physician Confirmation Form.

Yearly limits on $ earned do apply – see below.

Lost weight before attending the Day of Wellness?

If you have lost weight after February 2008 (the start of the Wellness Program), and before attending a Day of Wellness, you may qualify for an incentive for weight loss before attending the Day of Wellness. You must have been in the TAC Group Health Plan at the time of your prior weight verification. A doctor’s statement, Weight Watcher’s journal, or other written documentation from a health care professional can be used to verify weight loss. Complete and submit a  Weight Loss Before Attending the Day of Wellness Incentive Form and Physician Confirmation Form with other acceptable documentation.

Yearly limits on $ earned do apply – see below.

Yearly limits for incentives paid to Clergy, Lay Employees and Spouses

There is a $2,000 cap on Wellness Incentives that a participant may earn in any given calendar year, January 1 to December 31. One example: An individual may earn a $2,000 Weight loss in one year but not an additional Maintenance Incentive of $1,000 in that same year. The annual Maintenance Incentive can be earned in each subsequent year.

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