Welcome to the University of Southern Maine’s Wellness website.

Here you will find information to assist and motivate you on your wellness journey, including upcoming, campus-specific Level 2-approved wellness events and contacts for the Wellness Committee members (we are always welcoming new members!).

Click here for information on obtaining your Level 1 incentive credit (link to new UMS wellness website). Satisfying your Level 1 incentive keeps your insurance premiums at the preferred rate. The deadline to meet the Level 1 incentive is April 30, 2023

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 (link) 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, 2023.

University of Maine System Wellness Website

The 2023 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 usmwellnesscommittee@maine.edu 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 2023.

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 MotivateME Level 1 and Level 2 Incentives

Participation in the UMS Wellness Program begins with Level 1. Once you and your spouse/domestic partner (if applicable) meet the Level 1 requirement, you will graduate to Level 2. Level 1 must be met by April 30, 2023

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 the MotivateMe Cigna platform once submitted by your Primary Care Physician’s (PCP) office and processed by Cigna.

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.

In order to earn the $100 cash reward (taxable), you must complete Level 2 by November 30th, 2023.

Besides the Level 2 progress dashboard now available on your landing page on myCigna.com, 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 in 2023 for Level 2 Credit

EventDateLocation & Details
Annual Pineland Farms Snow-shoeing and Cross-Country Skiing EventMarch 3-17, 2024We are pleased to invite you to self-report your snow-shoeing or cross-country skiing activity during this time period. A current Risk & Release form will be posted prior to the event, along with more details.
Click here for directions to Pineland Farms.
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 2023 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 daniel.barton@maine.edu.
Level 2-approved Hikes/WalksMay 1st through November 30th, 2023Choose from any of the Southern Maine Eastern Trails, Thorncrag Sanctuary (Lewiston/Auburn), Cherry Hill Farm (Gorham), Shaw Park (Gorham), Indian Cellar Preserve (Hollis), or Indoor Wellness Walking (Sullivan and Costello Complexes).

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 usmwellnesscommittee@maine.edu.

2. Self-report your completion of the event (see instructions below).
TrestleTree WebinarsMarch 16th through November 13th, 2023No 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 EventSaturday, October 7, 2023Enjoy a healthy boxed lunch and connection directly following the Ruck.
Pre-registration required. Sign up here.

Please be sure to complete a Risk & Release of Liability form prior to completing this event and email it to usmwellnesscommittee@maine.edu.
TrestleTree Holiday WebinarNovember 2023 (exact date TBA)Holiday-focused topic to be announced closer to the date.
Annual USM Hikes Bradbury MountainSaturday, October 21, 2023Pre-registration required. Sign up here.
Bradbury Mountain directions.
University of Southern Maine Softball TeamApril- June 2024Are you interested in participating on a USM Softball team? Join Daniel Barton and other members of our community for the South Portland Softball Rec League. When spring arrives, that means that the softball season is soon to start! This is a Monday night league, which starts in late April and will end in late June. All games will be played at the Wainwright Field Complex. Game start times vary between 5:30 – 8:30pm. Please note that there is a small per person cost that is approximately $35-45 for the season. Stay tuned for the release of the signup sheet which will be in late March or early April of 2024.
Memorial Ruck EventApril 20, 2024In memory of one of our University of Southern Maine students, Chris Gelineau. Save the date and watch for more details.

*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 usmwellnesscommittee@maine.edu.  We’ll do the rest and make sure that your information is submitted to our benefits team for level 2 credit.

Continuing on with these Level 2-approved wellness activites:

Sullivan, Costello, or 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 at 207-228-8242 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 work out. 

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 work out 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 (kevin.normand@maine.edu) and his team to review the steps for access. 

Weight Watchers, NOOM, 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 benefits@maine.edu or wellness@maine.edu.

Have you been participating in an activity that you think may qualify you for a Level 2 approved incentive credit?  Email our wellness system partners at wellness@maine.edu and inquire!


Contact UMS Wellness (link to new website) at wellness@maine.edu or the Employee Benefits Center at benefits@maine.edu or 207-973-3372.

USM wellness event questions should be emailed to the USM Wellness committee at usmwellnesscommittee@maine.edu.

The USM Wellness Committee is represented by staff across the University. Current committee members are:

Cathy Clements, Administrative Support Supervisor, Office of Admissions

Renee Cote, Project Assistant, Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact

Lisa Eddy (she/her/hers), HR Project Specialist, Campus Human Resources Services

Natalie Jones (she/her/hers), Vice President, Campus Human Resources Services

Katie Andrews, Associate Financial Analyst, Finance and Administration

Kevin Normand, Wellness Champion and Manager of the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Center

Zorica Andric, Administrative Specialist, Student Affairs

Lorrie Spaulding, Director of Veteran Services, Veteran Services

Amy Geren, Policy Associate, Cutler Institute


Joe DiSalvo, TrestleTree Health Coach


Outdoor Adventures Board (OAB)

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