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CHC2016FLYER Page 1Registration opens Oct. 1

Competition begins Oct. 3

It's time for the 2016 Choose Healthy Challenge! UAB won the 2015 Challenge and we need you to help us keep the top spot.

  • Log on and register on or after Oct. 1.
  • Beginning Oct. 3, start earning points your healthy choices by taking photos of your actions and submitting them through the Planet Fundraiser Choose Healthy Challenge app.
  • By Nov. 21, whichever Birmingham company has the most points wins!

Participants are entered to win awesome weekly prizes like:

  • Yeti coolers
  • Apple Watches
  • Gift cards to local businesses

Upcoming Healthy Happenings Opportunities:

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With a concerted focus on health and wellness in our country and specifically in our state, the Birmingham Corporate Challenge is the perfect opportunity for UAB employees to celebrate our culture of healthy behaviors while competing against our friends and neighbors! Besides competing in fierce-fought battles, including tug-of-war, dodgeball, obstacle courses, golfing and bowling, the Corporate Challenge allows participants to make contacts and develop professional relationships with other influential companies in the Birmingham area, as well as earn My Health Rewards points. With the event’s focus on health and wellness, the philanthropic portion of the event will support the athletic programs of middle and high schools in the city of Birmingham.


Go Blazers! Teams UAB and UAB Medicine teams ranked highly at the BCC:

  • Team UAB, led by John Jones, vice president for Student Affairs, and Team UAB Medicine, steered by Jordan DeMoss, senior associate vice president for UAB Hospital, won or placed in seven events.
  • Team UAB took the gold in the one-mile fitness walk, second place in the 5K run and cornhole and third place in tug-of-war and the soccer shoot out.
  • Team UAB Medicine won the home-run derby and placed second in bowling.

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Points earned for participation in events at the 2016 Birmingham Corporate Challenge have been uploaded into My Health Rewards!

Q: Why did UAB add a tobacco surcharge?

A: As a world-renowned university with vital roles in preserving and improving life, UAB has a responsibility to be among leaders in health and wellness initiatives. The use of tobacco is one of the leading preventable health risks worldwide. As part of other efforts around tobacco usage on campus and in support of our wellness programs, UAB believes this is the right thing to do.

Q: Who is required to declare their tobacco usage?
A: All UAB employees electing a UAB medical plan for 2017 during Annual Open Enrollment or as a new benefit-eligible employee will be required to declare tobacco usage for themselves.

Q: Who does the tobacco surcharge apply to?

A: The tobacco surcharge only applies to UAB employees. It does not apply to dependents covered under the medical plan.

Q: What is the amount of the tobacco surcharge?

A: A $50 monthly tobacco surcharge will be applied to employees who declare tobacco usage. This surcharge is considered a tax-sheltered amount for payroll.

Q: What products are considered for tobacco usage?

A: Annual declared tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes and oral smokeless tobacco products.

Q: If I am solely using tobacco cessation products in my effort to stop tobacco, does that count as a tobacco product subject to the surcharge?

A: No. Certain tobacco cessation products are available to UAB employees as part of the benefits package at no co-pay with an annual limit of two 12-week cycles of treatment. UAB recognizes these products as tools to help quit tobacco.

Q: If I currently use tobacco and wish to have the surcharge removed, what can I do?

A: If you declare tobacco usage during 2016 Annual Open Enrollment, you must register for one of the cessation courses available here by Jan. 31, 2017. If you then subsequently complete the course, the tobacco surcharge will be removed for 2017 and refunded back to the beginning of the 2017 plan year. If you are declaring tobacco usage as a new benefit-eligible employee, you must register for one of the cessation courses available here within 60 days and then subsequently complete the course.

Q: If I register and complete the cessation course but continue using tobacco, what happens to the surcharge?

A: Completion of the cessation course is the only way to discontinue the surcharge. During the next Annual Open Enrollment, employees will be asked to declare their tobacco usage for the 2017 plan year.

Q: What if I declare myself as a tobacco user and do not register for a cessation course by the deadline, or I register and don’t complete the course?

A: If you do not register by the deadline and subsequently complete the course, the surcharge will continue for the plan year. If you do not register by Jan. 31, 2017 for an Open Enrollment declaration or within 60 days of declaration as a new benefit-eligible employees, and subsequently complete the course, the surcharge will continue for the plan year.

Q: If I completed one of the UAB tobacco cessation courses, where do I submit the certificate of completion form?

A: Employees have two options for submissions.

  1. Fax to (205) 975-7402
  2. Drop off at the Benefits office, located at 
AB 264 C (701 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0102)