UAB Employee Wellness introduces some healthy competition with new Keas game

keas_webLooking for an innovative way to make healthy lifestyle changes? UAB Employee Wellness recently launched a fun way to get fit — online. It’s called Keas, and you can sign up today.

“We are very excited about this dynamic social wellness game,” says Lauren Whitt, Ph.D., director of UAB Employee Wellness and adjunct professor in the Department of Human Studies. “Keas provides employees and their families a new opportunity to connect, challenge and play health games online that can motivate and inspire them to take action in their own health. We hope employees will get engaged, share the game with their families, and let us know how they like it.”

Keas uses social interactions and peer motivation to drive healthier, happier employee behaviors in everyday engagement. It was developed based on the company’s study and love of social media, games, motivation theory and psychology.

Whitt says the game takes a comprehensive view of wellness that starts with generating a detailed and personalized user profile, based on the Keas Health Risk Assessment. That inventory then empowers employees to set custom wellness goals and objectives that incorporate a broad spectrum of activities related to diet, fitness and mental health. Keas also offers an application partner called MyBrainSolutions, which offers more than 25 games that help employees improve mental acuity, focus and productivity. The sustained engagement platform includes fitness challenges and seasonal, educational content.

And, Whitt notes, the Keas platform is accessible on the mobile web and on iPhones — a feature that helps promote healthy behavior and teamwork with interactive media that delivers relevant, individualized content.

The Innovation Board, a group of UAB executive and clinical leaders who believe in innovation across all UAB missions is critical to the future success of UAB Medicine, is providing support for the game.

So how does it work, and how can you get involved? Here’s what you do:

Getting Started

1. Sign up Online: Create an online profile at

2. Build a Team: Form a team of up to six coworkers or family members. Being on a team will help you stay accountable and make it more fun.

3. Set Goals: Each week, you can choose up to three personal health goals. Whether it’s eating more servings of vegetables, doing 15 minutes of yoga, or walking one mile, you can track your progress online and earn points when you hit your target goal. Each team member earns points for accomplishing their own health goals, as well as taking online quizzes and playing online games.

4. Get Competitive: You can earn more points for your team by taking quizzes and playing fun games online.

5. Win Prizes: The more points you earn, either by reaching your health goals or doing online quizzes and games, the closer you are to winning a prize. Prizes will be awarded for individual and team achievers once the challenge concludes on April 26.


There are several ways to win with Keas:

Team Milestone Prizes: Reach 5,000 points and win a free pass to the new Blazer Fitness Classes starting this summer at UAB Medicine.

Weekly Drawing Prizes: Each week, if everyone on your team is active, you’ll be entered into a drawing for an exclusive cooking demo and healthy lunch (your team must consist of at least four members).

Top Team Prize: The top point earning teams at the conclusion of the competition will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to upcoming events at UAB and around Birmingham.

Be Healthy

  • Farm Stand is back
    The Farm Stand will be bringing fresh fruits and vegetables and other delicious treats to UAB each week, beginning April 7. This year Boozer Farms will now be operating The Farm Stand 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Check the schedule online.
    posted a while back 867 views
  • Register for My Health Rewards beginning Jan. 26
    The no-cost, voluntary program can help you make healthful nutrition choices, incorporate exercise into your life, reduce stress and look and feel your best. But that’s not all: Participants who maintain a healthy status or lower their health risk may save on their 2016 insurance premiums. My Health Rewards is available to most benefit-eligible UAB employees enrolled in an active UAB health plan.
    posted a while back 893 views
  • Get help for common medical conditions online for $10
    If you feel like you're under the weather with the flu or another common condition such as a sinus infection, UAB eMedicine offers its service at a discounted rate of $10 to employees and eligible dependents enrolled in a UAB, UAB Health System or Health Services Foundation health plan.
    posted a while back 837 views
  • Try one of these five apps for better health
    My Health Rewards, a new UAB Employee Wellness program, will launch in 2015 and help you set goals for improved health. Meanwhile, these five apps that will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through the holidays.
    posted a while back 1123 views
  • Take a nutrition mini-class on Tuesdays

    The classes, noon-1 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center, will be held for four consecutive Tuesdays and led by a registered dietician. Download a flyer.


    posted a while back 1935 views
  • Employee Wellness to roll out new voluntary program in 2015

    My Health Rewards will encourage employees to help build a healthier UAB by providing free screenings, health-risk profiles, access to valuable health-support services and incentives.

    posted a while back 3991 views
  • Walking group preparing for diabetes fundraiser

    The MyDiabetesConnect group, which walks at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday at Railroad Park, is open to anyone.

    posted a while back 2177 views
  • UAB among the city’s healthiest employers

    For the third year in a row, the university is being recognized for helping its employees prioritize their health.

    posted a while back 4181 views
  • Make time for a mid-week meditation in July
    Take a short time out from the stresses of your day for a brief, guided relaxation meditation 1-1:30 p.m. Wednesdays in July. Call 934-2281 to register.
    posted a while back 1754 views
  • Time for the summer 5 in 5
    Get healthy during a five-week UAB Employee Wellness program: lower your blood pressure five points, lose five pounds and engage in five designated fitness activities. Register June 27 at the Green Screens to be eligible for prizes.
    posted a while back 1745 views