University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Stress Management Resources

Stress-reducing Strategies for UPlan Members

University employees and their spouses/same-sex domestic partners who are covered by the UPlan Medical Program can be financially rewarded for participating in stress reduction, exercise, and health improvement programs.

When you complete  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) or Mindfulness in Motion (MiM) offered through the Center for Spirituality and Healing, you may qualify to be reimbursed for a portion of the cost of the courses. Only UPlan Medical Program employees are eligible for reimbursement, and may only receive one reimbursement per lifetime per class. Spouses and same-sex domestic partners are not eligible for reimbursement, even if they are a University of Minnesota employee.

Earn wellness points toward a $300 or $400 reduction in your 2015 UPlan Medical Program premiums when you or your spouse/partner participate in one or more of the following activities included in the Wellness Points Bank. The offerings listed in the chart below can help you manage stress.

Wellness Points Bank & Stress Relief
Wellness Points Wellness Activity
                             150 NextSteps® health coaching for lifestyle change
                             150 Face-to-face health coaching
                             100 Biometric Health Screenings
                               75 Bicycle commuter program
                               75 Fit Choices
                               50 Online Healthy Living program
                               50 Step It Up! walking program
                               50 Wellness My Way (includes MBSR and MiM)

University Resources

The University offers a variety of resources, activities, and programs to help you manage stress and maintain your health and well being.

Coping with Stress

Learn more at a Career Enrichment-sponsored workshop entitled: Resilience in the Face of Change.
Read about improving your stress coping skills in Take a Slice Out of Stress.

Need assistance?

Wellness Points Bank
  • StayWell HelpLine: 866-341-1170
  • Email:
  • 4-UOHR Phone Center:
    • 612-624-8647
    • 800-756-2363

Wellness Points Bank At-A-Glance

  • Check out the many activity options available on the Wellness Points Bank chart (pdf)
  • Find out more information in the Wellness Points Bank overview (pdf)