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2018 Wellness Incentive

Don't miss this year's $600 wellness incentive!

Seeing your doctor pays off. Take the next step toward a healthier life and earn the $600 wellness incentive in the process. Now throught November 30, 2018, City and County of Denver employess can earn one of the following: 

  • For employees enrolled in a city-sponsored deductible HMO (DHMO) plan: a $50 monthly health insurance premium discount in 2019
  • For employees enrolled in a city-sponsored high-deductible health plan (HDHP): an up-front $600 HSA deposit in January 2019

3,519 employees have claimed their $600 wellness incentive so far!



Wellness Portal Change

The wellness portal formerly known as Vivarae is now called SimplyWell. All other functionalities are the same.


  • If you haven’t previously done so, register on the SimplyWell wellness portal at
    To register:
    • Click on Register
    • Enter your last name and date of birth in the appropriate fields
    • Enter your employee ID number as the identifier
    • Enter Denver as the registration code
  • Complete the health assessment in the wellness portal
  • Download and print the Physician Screening Collection Form and have your doctor complete it.  Once completed, upload the form to your account on the wellness portal or fax it directly to SimplyWell at 855-292-8662.
  • Enter the dates, provider names, and provider phone numbers for three recent preventive care appointments in the wellness portal

Questions? Read the Q&A. If you still have questions, you can contact SimplyWell directly at 888-VIVERAE (888-848-3723).

Denver Wellness Highlights

Everyone six months and older needs a flu vaccine every year. Employees who are members of UnitedHealthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Denver Health Medical Plan all have access to free flu shots. Find more information, depending on your medical provider: 

  • Flu shot information for UnitedHealthcare Members
  • Flu shot information for Kaiser Permanente Members
  • Flu shot information for Denver Health Medical Plan Members:
    Schedule a flu vaccine by appointment only at Denver Health by calling 303-436-4949. Visit any retail pharmacy* offering the vaccine, such as Walgreens, King Soopers, Target, etc. Be sure to go to the pharmacy counter, give them your member ID card and you will have no copay. If you go to an in-store clinic, you may be charged a copay.

Control seasonal weight gain with the Holiday Weigh-in Challenge.

The holidays may be the most festive time of year, but all those festivities can wreak havoc on your weight. If you've already established a healthy eating plan - great! Keep consistent by making good choices, managing portions, and staying active.

Challenge dates:

Sign-up: 9/26/2018-10/24/2018
Challenge Rungs: 10/10/2018-11/27/2018

How it works:

Give yourself one point for logging a weekly weigh-in and another for losing or maintaining weight each week.

The goal: reach 10 challenge points to earn 30 wellness program points. Weekly max challenge points: 2 per week.

Register and track your progress on or the Viverae mobile app under the Well-being section.

Complete various qualifying activities and report them on the SimplyWell wellness portal at to earn at least 150 points to qualify for entry into a $500 gift card drawing in December 2018.  

Two different drawings will be held: 

  • A drawing for employees enrolled in a city-sponsored health plan (three winners will be selected) and;
  • A drawing for employees who are eligible for, but have chosen not to enroll in, a city-sponsored health plan (two winners will be selected)

Please read this Q & A document for details.

Give yourself a break from technology before going to bed.

At bedtime, instead of tweeting or texting friends, catching up on unread emails, or watching a show, create a window of time to connect with yourself and mentally shut down.

Challenge Dates:

Sign-up: 8/8/2018-9/5/2019
Challenge Runs: 8/22/2018-9/18/2018

How it Works:

Award yourself one challenge point for each day or night you avoid using electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime.

The goal: reach 20 challenge points to earn 30 wellness program points.

Register and track your progress on or the Viverae® mobile app under the Well-being section.

* Consult your physician before a new physical activity program, especially if you are a man over 40, woman over 50, or if you experience chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity

Questions about this challenge or your wellness program? Call 888-VIVERAE (848-3723).

Denver Wellness welcomes Weigh and Win!

A FREE program that rewards you for being healthy!

Earn cash for weight improvement or other prizes for participating.  Weigh and Win helps you incorporate healthy eating and active living habits into your daily routine through daily emails and/or text messages with personalized coaching on nutrition, physical activity, and more.  

Once you enroll, you'll track your progress through quarterly, photographed weigh-ins at one of the Denver Wellness kiosks:

  • Webb Building 
    In the Clerk and Recorder's Office
  • Central Library
  • Fire and Police Academies
  • Denver Human Services, Castro Building
  • Montbello Recreation Center

Enroll today! Visit and click the "Join Now It's Free" button.

Healthy Holidays Weigh and Win Challenge

On average, Americans gain one to two pounds every holiday season that they never lose. Over time, those pounds add up! Make this holiday season a healthier one. Join the Weigh and Win Healthy Holidays Challenge and enjoy the holidays with balance and maintain your weight this holiday season! Maintain your weight within one pound (or lose weight) and you will be entered in to a drawing for (15) $50 Amazon Gift Cards. Learn more and join.

Questions? Contact Weigh and Win at or 1-800-694-0352.

Walking meetings have been shown to spark creativity and boost energy, so skip the sit-down session and get moving! You can walk and talk in your building or venture outside – the choice is yours!  And to make things easier, the walking meeting locations listed below are included in Outlook’s room list. Simply choose your location from the list and indicate in your invite where you’d like you participants to meet up and begin their journey.

Submit a photo of your walking meeting to the wellness team and we’ll add you to a weekly drawing for one of our cool new Benefits & Wellness clipboards!  They’re easy to bring along and make note-taking a breeze!

Check out this article in the Harvard Business Review for tips to make your walking meetings a success.

Locations in Outlook’s room list:


Read health and wellness books for free in CityU. Are you interested in learning more about health and wellness topics? Denver Wellness has compiled a variety of books to read under Wellness Classes and Related Resources. Click on Books to find eBooks on fitness, stress management, financial wellness, nutrition, weight management and more! Be sure to place the book in your Learning Plan so you can easily pick it up again on your commute, on your break, or favorite time to enjoy literature.


Get the tools, information and support you need to make smarter choices!

City and County of Denver employees who receive their medical benefits through Kaiser Permanente, UnitedHealthcare, or Denver Health can participate in a FREE program through Omada® for Kaiser Permanente members, Real Appeal for UnitedHealthcare members, or National Diabetes Prevention Program for Denver Health members.

Real Appeal for UnitedHealthcare insurances

Real Appeal give you everything you need to lose weight and keep it off. Read more.

City and County of Denver United Healthcare members can enroll now at to get this program for FREE!

National Diabetes Prevention Program for Denver Health insurances

Denver Health's research-based program helps you to lose weight and prevent diabetes. Whether you have 10 lbs to lose, or over 50 lbs, this is the RIGHT program for you. You can attend 25 classes over a full year! Plus, you’ll get one-on-one attention from our expert coaches. Read more.

City and County of Denver Denver Health Medical Plan members can sign up now at to participate in this program for FREE!

Omada® for Kaiser Permanente insurances

Omada® surrounds you with the tools and support you need to make better health choices in the moment - and for life.

Spots are limited, so act fast: If you are at risk for type 2 diabetes and are a City and County of Denver Kaiser Permanente member, this program is offered at no additional cost to you. Read more.

Take a one-minute health test to see if you're eligible:

MyBrainSolutions is now Total Brain. Their new brand better reflects their expanded offerings that include total brain performance monitoring, screening and training. New features include

  • New onboarding to provide an intuitive introduction to the app
  • Redesigned assessment that loads faster and is easier to retake the assessment over time
  • Deeper results with new markers
  • Better training guidance

The City and County of Denver continues to partner with Total Brain to help promote mental sharpness and resilience amongst our employees. Join Total Brain for FREE at

Send Us Your Sweaty Selfies!

Collage of pictures of people perspiring doing different activities

Keep sending your sweaty selfies to for your chance to win a prize and have your picture posted on the Denver Wellness Facebook page. Prize drawing winners each recieve a $25 gift card!

2017 | 2018

Lower stress and boost energy with daily activity.

Help lower and maintain your cholesterol, shed some pounds, or help yourself sleep better by being physically active on a regular basis.* Who wouldn’t want to do all that? You don’t even need a gym! Take a walk, go for a bike ride, or turn up the music and dance in your living room.

Challenge Dates:

Sign-up: 5/23/2018-6/20/2018
Challenge Runs: 6/6/2018-7/31/2018

How it Works:

Track the number of minutes you are physically active. You can earn up to 90 minutes each day.

The goal: log 500 minutes of physical activity by the end of the challenge to earn 30 wellness program points.

Register and track your progress on or the Viverae® mobile app under the Well-being section.

* Consult your physician before a new physical activity program, especially if you are a man over 40, woman over 50, or if you experience chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, or obesity

Questions about this challenge or your wellness program? Call 888-VIVERAE (848-3723).

This year, several of the biggest departments and agencies of the city have their own Heart & Stroke Walk teams! Join your department/agency teams today! You can show your support by participating in the walk, and/or by making a donation.

June 10, 2017
Check-in 9:00 a.m. for the 5K or 1-mile walk
Starts 5K walk at 10:00 a.m.
Heart Fest is from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium
1701 Bryant Street

Supporting the Heart & Stroke Walk helps your colleagues and community by supporting research and heart health education around the country. This year the Denver Heart & Stroke Walk has a new look and location that you don’t want to miss! Come early for a unique outdoor experience in yoga, barre, spinning or a 5K run. At 10:00 a.m. let’s show Colorado how much we can do together to fight heart disease and stroke by walking either 1-mile or a 5K (3.2 miles). Along the route, you will be entertained by local musicians and find the best spots to take epic photos with the Broncos stadium, the Denver skyline, and more as we fill the streets together!

Kick the Can Challenge Flyer - Sugar pouring out of soda can255 employees kicked sodas and sugary drinks to the curb during the Kick the Can Challenge. Collectively, City and County of Denver employees earned 2,850 points! Participants awarded themselves one challenge point for each day they avoided non-sugar-free or sugary beverages. 

That's like 267 gallons of soda and 245 pounds of soda avoided!

Way to go! Employees who earned at least 20 points during the challenge, also earned their first 20 points twoard the Wellness Prize Drawing. That's pretty sweet!

Congratulations to the winning team Dump the Rump out of the District Attorney’s Office and the winning individual One to Go! Janine Lister from the Denver Sheriff’s Department. Each member of the team Dump the Rump and Janine will receive a Fitbit Flex 2!

Dump the Rump logged 33,348 minutes of activity as a team of five people—that’s over 110 hours per person! Janine logged 4,123 minutes of activity almost 200 more than her closest opponent. As a city, 365 employees participated logging 456,969 minutes total with an average of 16,320 per day—which is 272 hours a day! In order to earn quarterly rewards points, participants had to log at least 500 minutes during the four week challenge—93% of participating employees reached that goal. Excellent work!

View the full leaderboard!  

Congratulations to the over 3,000 City and County of Denver employees who completed the 2017  Wellness Incentive! That’s the greatest number of participants EVER, and there were over 800 more participants 2017’s Wellness Incentive compared to 2016! Because the Wellness Incentive deadline was extended to November 30, the payout was pushed back to the December 29, 2017 paycheck. Employees who completed the steps of the Wellness Incentive received $240 added on their December 29 paycheck. They are also receiving $300 distributed either to their HSA or as a premium discount throughout 2018. Thanks for making 2017 the year to take control of your health!

See where your department/agency landed on the leaderboard.

Did I Complete the Wellness Incentive In Time?

You can visit and log in to check your final points for the 2017 health incentive. If you have any questions about your points earned, you can all Viverae Customer Service at 1.888.848.3723.

More ways to be well!

Youth, ages 5-18, can have a key to the city! Free access to recreation centers, pools, and cultural facilieis. Experience what makes Denver great.

Learn more.

All City Employees can get the support they need to quit smoking.

  • The Colorado Quitline, 1-800-QUIT- NOW (1-800-784-8669) provides free resources, such as patches lozenges or gum. United Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente and Denver Health all offer free coaching online, on the phone, or in person. Visit the links below to learn more and quit today.
  • Watch this webinar from the American Lung Association. 
  • United Healthcare Online Coach 
  • Kaiser Online Quit Program and Webinars. For individual coaching call (866) 862-4295 Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mountain Time, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time.
  • Contact Denver Health at to sign up for a health coach. Check out all of Denver Health's coaching programs here.
  • And check out these tips from Health Matters At Work and the American Lung Association.

The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.

  • They fund research to prevent, curean d manage diabetes.
  • They deliver services to hundreds of communities.
  • They provide objective and credible information.
  • They give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Learn more.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. 

To improve the lives of all Americans, the AHA provides public health education in a variety of ways. They’re the nation’s leader in CPR education training. They help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. They provide science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients. They educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

Learn more.

Healthy Connections is offered as a recorded webinar series that you can complete when it is convenient for you. You may also use the recorded series to make up a missed in-person Healthy Connections class or to refresh your skills!

Personal issues, planning for life events or simply managing daily life can affect your work, health and family. The GuidanceResources® EAP provides support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues. GuidanceResources is city sponsored, confidential and provided at no charge to employees and their dependents.

Your GuidanceResources EAP services include:

EAP for Confidential Counseling
Life can be stressful. Your EAP is designed to provide short-term counseling services for you and your dependents to help you handle concerns constructively, before they become major issues. Call anytime about concerns such as marital, relationship and family problems; stress, anxiety and depression; grief and loss, job pressures and substance abuse.

Work-Life Solutions
Too much to do, and too little time to get it all done? The work-life specialists can do the research for you, and provide qualified referrals and customized resources for child and elder care, moving, pet care, college planning, home repair, buying a car, planning an event, selling a house and more.

Legal Support
With GuidanceResources, you have an attorney “on call” whenever you have questions about legal matters. Speak with on-staff licensed attorneys about legal concerns such as divorce, custody, adoption, real estate, debt and bankruptcy, landlord/tenant issues, civil and criminal actions and more. If you require representation, you can be referred to a qualified attorney for a free 30-minute consultation and a 25 percent reduction in customary legal fees.

Financial Information
Everyone has financial questions. With your GuidanceResources benefit, you can get answers to your questions about budgeting, debt management, tax issues and other money concerns from on-staff CPAs, Certified Financial Planners® and other financial experts, simply by calling your toll-free number.

GuidanceResources® Online
Go online to access timely, expert information on thousands of topics, including relationships, work, school, children, wellness, legal, financial and free time. You can search for qualified child and elder care, attorneys and financial planners as well as ask questions, take self-assessments and more.


GuidanceResources is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are two ways to access your GuidanceResources EAP benefits:

1. Call 877.327.3854. You’ll speak to a counseling professional who will listen to your concerns and can guide you to the appropriate services you require.

2. Visit GuidanceResources Online at and enter your company ID: DENVEREAP

Remember, your GuidanceResources benefits are strictly confidential. To view the ComPsych HIPAA privacy notice, please go to


Denver D with text: Benefits & Wellness Denver Office of Human Resources


Denver Wellness supports all City and County of Denver employees on their path to well being by providing empowering health information, engaging wellness activities and all-inclusive health opportunities.

Denver Wellness is a support program that every employee can access to find resources to improve their health. Denver Wellness is a support program that meets employees where they are on their journey to well being.


  • To reduce health risks through engagement.
  • To empower employees to make healthy and informed choices.
  • To encourage wellness through education, better nutrition, stress management and physical activity.
  • To provide quality, reliable wellness resources for employees.
  • To celebrate employees who take action to learn about and improve their health.

Be engaged. Be empowered. Be Well.
Read more about the Denver Wellness Program.

Contact us

Denver Wellness questions?

Call: 720-913-5690
Visit: Webb Building, 4th Floor (next to Benefits)!

Stay tuned for more information about our new wellness champion network.