Here you will find information to assist and motivate you on your wellness journey, including information about the University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP), as well as upcoming Level 2-approved wellness events and contacts for the Wellness Committee members (we are always welcoming new members!).

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP is a free, voluntary and confidential service provided by Cigna. It provides employees, retirees and their household members with assessments, consultations and referrals to resources.

The EAP is designed to assist you in dealing with a wide variety of personal concerns, including:

  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Stress
  • Mental health
  • Family/marital matters
  • Childcare and eldercare issues
  • Financial/legal concerns
  • Domestic violence resources
  • And much more

The EAP offers counseling services up to six sessions per person, per issue. If a referral for additional services or treatment is necessary, EAP counselors will help employees locate services that are convenient, appropriate, and affordable. Counselors are licensed healthcare professionals including psychologists, clinical social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

To consult with an EAP representative, call 1.877.622.4327.


The 2024 UMS Wellness Website is available and contains links to the EAP, Omada, the Cigna Wellness site, answers Level 1 and Level 2 questions, and more.  Please note that this updated website replaces the traditional Wellness Guide.

Release & Assumption of Risk Form required for all Level 2 activities

Please note that all Level 2-approved activities require a completed Release and Assumption of Risk Form, excluding the TrestleTree webinars. 

New this year, we have updated our campus-specific forms to include the activity name and a space for your employee ID.  We ask that your form be filled out completely and sent to or, if applicable, given to the onsite contact at group events. 

To access the correct form, please click on the event you wish to participate in under Upcoming Wellness Events in 2024.

For those faculty and staff that may be participating with a spouse or domestic partner who is also seeking Level 2 credit, please be sure to use your employee ID on their form.

Please note that to receive credit for offsite events, such as our Pineland Farms Snowshoeing event and our USM Hikes Bradbury Mountain event, you must check in with the on-site contact during the announced check-in time.  We are no longer able to provide incentive credit for late arrivals.

Overview of Level 1 and Level 2 Incentives

Participation in the UMS Wellness Program begins with Level 1. Satisfying Level 1 keeps your insurance premiums at the preferred rate.

The deadline to meet Level 1 is April 30th of each calendar year. Once you and your spouse/domestic partner (if applicable) meet the Level 1 requirement, you will graduate to Level 2.  

You have a few options to satisfy Level 1 for the optimum premium reduction (health insurance premium discount):

  1. Complete a TrestleTree Health Coaching session
  2. Complete a preventive care appointment
  3. Complete a health screening, such as a routine OB/GYN visit, mammogram, or prostate cancer screening

Your preventive care appointment will automatically be credited to your Cigna account after your Primary Care Physician (PCP) submits confirmation.

If you do not completed the Level 1 requirement by April 30th, you will pay the non-incentive health premium until you do. If you complete a preventive care appointment or health screening close to the April 30th deadline, please bring the Preventive Care Form with you and have your provider complete and fax to the Employee Benefits Center at 207-561-3454.

To learn more about Level 1 and Level 2 incentives, visit the UMS Wellness Site.

The USM Wellness Committee encourages you to consider participating in a Level 2-approved activity, such as a TrestleTree webinar, campus wellness event, or a self-reporting activity. Visit Connections & Learning @ USM (log-in required) to view the current listing of TrestleTree webinars and more. 

Participation in a Level 2-approved activity will add $100 (taxable) to your final paycheck of the year. This is applicable to spouses and domestic partners covered in your health insurance as well. The deadline to submit a Level 2 incentive for credit is November 30, 2024.

Besides the Level 2 progress dashboard now available on your landing page on, there are a number of offerings from Cigna you may consider to complete Level 2.

In addition, campus colleagues have never been more active in proposing and implementing multi-session and community events for a local or customized approach to wellness even in the midst of a pandemic. New and innovative proposals are in development. Keep an eye on your campus listings, shown below, as colleagues devise exciting ways to earn the incentive credit even if traditional community events and multi-session activities are not currently available.

Upcoming Wellness Events

The following events are all approved for Level 2 credit.

EventDateLocation & Details
Maine Gay VolleyballEvery Saturday at 10am-12:30pm Maine Gay Volleyball (MGV) is a recreational sports group that strives to create a fun, safe, and social environment for the LGBTQ+ community to come as they are and play to their abilities.

MGV primarily consists of intermediate to advanced level players, however all experience levels are welcome. Indoor play takes place at USM’s Sullivan Gym in Portland every Saturday through May 2024 from 10am-12:30pm. This is run as a drop-in group; therefore, no advanced registration is required.

Level 2 incentive has been approved for any member of the USM community who wishes to participate in one of the Saturday volleyball sessions. 

FMI: Please contact
PickleballMondays & Wednesdays, 12pm – 1pm.Drop in for a game of pickleball, every Monday & Wednesday from 12pm to 1pm in the Costello Sports Complex Fieldhouse on the Gorham campus.

Complete a Risk & Release of Liability form prior to completing this event and email it to
Yoga in the GallerySee DatesYoga in the Gallery, which takes place on the Gorham USM campus within the Art Gallery. Save the dates on your calendar:

February 15, 2024 7 – 8 pm, alongside the Art Department Exhibition
March 21, 2024 7 – 8 pm, alongside the Juried Student Exhibition
April 18, 2024 7 – 8 pm, alongside the Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition

To obtain the level 2 incentive, please complete the Risk and Release Form and return it to
Memorial Ruck EventApril 19, 2024In memory of one of our University of Southern Maine students, Chris Gelineau.

We will be starting at USM and will meet at 9:45am between Glickman and Wishcamper. We will step off at 10:00am and walk the Back Cove loop. The route will take about 2 hours, and we’ll return back to USM for a light bagged lunch at 12:00pm in the McGoldrick Center.

Please RSVP here to attend this event!
Level 2-approved Hikes/WalksMay 1st through November 30th, 2024Choose from any of the Southern Maine Eastern Trails, Thorncrag Sanctuary (Lewiston/Auburn), Lewiston/Auburn Riverwalk (Lewiston/Auburn), Cherry Hill Farm (Gorham), Shaw Park (Gorham), Indian Cellar Preserve (Hollis), or Indoor Wellness Walking (Sullivan and Costello Complexes), Robinson Woods Preserve (Cape Elizabeth). Walking trails and hikes outside of the approved list are excluded from the USM level 2 incentive. Please reach out to the UMS Benefits team at to inquire about possible approval of other walks/trails.

Please be sure to complete these two steps to earn level 2 credit:

1. Complete a Risk & Release of Liability form prior to completing this event and email it to

2. Self-report your completion of the event (see instructions below).
TrestleTree WebinarsWebinar Dates Listed on WebpageNo Release Form required.
Visit Connections & Learning @ USM for the schedule. There are a variety of dates and times to match your schedule!
Annual Fall Rucking EventTBD 2024Enjoy a healthy boxed lunch and connection directly following the Ruck.
Pre-registration required.

Please be sure to complete a Risk & Release of Liability form prior to completing this event and email it to
Annual USM Hikes Bradbury MountainOctober 2024 – Exact Date TBDPre-registration required.
Bradbury Mountain directions.

*Self-Reporting Instructions: Complete the Release and Assumption of Risk form above, take a picture of yourself (and spouse or domestic partner if applicable) and email both to  We’ll do the rest and make sure that your information is submitted to our benefits team for level 2 credit.

Additional Wellness Activities & Programs

These activities/programs can also help you achieve Level 2 credit!

Sullivan, Costello, and LAC Fitness Centers:

Do you enjoy working out at the Sullivan, Costello or LAC fitness centers? Level 2 is approved for this activity if you swipe in a minimum of 5 times a year. If you do not swipe in, we will be unable to track and verify your attendance.  Swiping in at the fitness center is the mechanism for us to create a report which is sent directly to our benefits team for your Level 2 incentive credit.

Contact USM Wellness Champion Kevin Normand with questions. Please be sure to complete the Release Form located within Employee Self Service in MainStreet, along with any fitness center-specific forms, prior to beginning your workout. 

It is important to note that USM Fitness Centers do not provide any type of waiver or pass to allow for faculty and staff to workout at other UMS locations. Please connect directly with the campus you wish to visit for their specific guidelines.

For those wishing to have a spouse or domestic partner use the USM Fitness Centers, please connect directly with Kevin Normand to review the steps for access. 

Weight Watchers, NOOM, and Jenny Craig:

Are you currently participating in Weight Watchers, NOOM or Jenny Craig?  These programs are approved for Level 2 credit. You must actively participate in the program and be able to provide evidence upon request. The online community event form must be completed when requesting a level 2 award. Request this form from the UMS Benefits team at or

Wellness Committee

  • Katie Andrews, Associate Financial Analyst, Finance and Administration
  • Zorica Andric, Administrative Specialist, Student Affairs
  • Cathy Clements, Administrative Support Supervisor, Office of Admissions
  • Renee Cote, Project Assistant, Office of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Impact
  • Lisa Eddy, Project Specialist, Campus Human Resources Services
  • Amy Geren, Policy Associate, Cutler Institute
  • Natalie Jones, Vice President, Human Resources and Workforce Development
  • Kevin Normand, Wellness Champion and Manager, Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Center
  • Lorrie Spaulding, Director, Military Affiliated Student Hub (MASH)


  • Joe DiSalvo, TrestleTree Health Coach (
  • Outdoor Adventures Board (OAB) – Facebook and Instagram: @oab.usm


UMS Wellness:

Employee Benefits Center: or 207-973-3372.

Questions about USM-specific wellness events should be emailed to the USM Wellness committee:

Have you been participating in an activity that you think may qualify you for level 2 credit?  Email and inquire!