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PruHealth Vitality Experience - wrap up thread - chance for non participants to win £50 NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 21-Mar-14 12:39:43

It's now the end of the 8 week PruHealth Vitality Experience for our 10 lucky participants (here's a snap of them all "wrapped up" in their robes at Champney's last week).

See what one participant thought about the scheme from PruHealth in this video:

See their feedback from month 1 here and there feedback from month 2 here

And you can find out more about your health by discovering your Vitality Age here. The Vitality Age calculator provides you with your Vitality Age, essentially an indicator on how your lifestyle choices are affecting your overall health.

PruHealth say "We believe the more you look after yourself, the healthier you feel. That's why we offer our customers the Vitality programme when they buy our health insurance. Vitality is the world's largest incentive-based wellness programme and can make getting and staying healthy both easier and cheaper, but also reward you for all of your hard work!

"It's been great working with our amazing 'Vitality 10' over the last 2 months – we’ve received some fantastic feedback from the ladies and they've really embraced the PruHealth with Vitality ideals. We appreciate their enthusiasm, positivity and effort as well as their great tips and ideas on how to get kids and families active together. Thank you all for being so generous with your time, we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have."

We'd like participants as a final round up to let us know their responses to the following questions:

~ How did you find your visit to Champney's Tring? [Champney's is one of PruHealth's Vitality partners where members can get up to 75% off a stay!] What treatment did you have?

~ How have you found the Vitality Experience over the past two months?
What's one positive change you've taken away from your Vitality Experience?

~ What do you think about the Vitality programme?

~ Would you recommend PruHealth with Vitality to Mumsnetters and/or your friends and family? Why?

Non participants - for a chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card, please share on this thread your thoughts on the below questions! Prize draw: Monday 31 March 10am

Would you find the treat of an occasional spa day a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices? From what you've seen or read about, do you think the Vitality programme would work for you? Does the Vitality programme add value to PruHealth’s health insurance?

Thanks and good luck
MNHQ

non tester - I like the idea of rewards and loyalty schemes but more so for family treats like cinemas or days out/meals rather than a spa day. it isn't really my thing and would make me uncomfortable rather than being a treat.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 21-Mar-14 13:39:51

Non-participant
I like the idea of rewards, but a spa day would be a logistical nightmare for me to enjoy. I'd prefer something more family-friendly. I'm not keen on spa pampering type things - I think I'd prefer something like GoApe!

CMOTDibbler Fri 21-Mar-14 13:45:47

I'd prefer a portfolio of choices - like vouchers for exercise clothing, gym membership etc than a spa day

Willemdefoeismine Fri 21-Mar-14 14:18:32

I very much enjoyed the day and the massage was fantastic. Had I had longer to spend at Champneys, I would be able to give better insights methinks. It was a wonderful 'wrap up' session though and lovely to catch up with everyone again... A bit strange saying goodbye though ;-(....

I have found the Vitality Experience one of the most positively challenging things I've done in recent years. I think it's kick-started me out of a slothful hole TBQH! It's been diverse enough to keep one on one's toes and yet the underlying mantra of physical wellbeing underpinning everything has seen positive results methinks.

That living a healthier lifestyle can take more than one approach: exercise, eating better, getting out and about and having fun en famille. Lots of different things contribute and one can make of that what one will! Also, moderation is the key really and changes don't have to be major to make a difference to one's health and wellbeing!

I think the Vitality Programme is very good and I love it's primary healthcare approach - prevention rather than cure! I would, however, like to see it more tweaked to family life and as we discussed, to incentivising children!

I would recommend it to those with enough money to pay for it. I definitely think that it's one of those things one would benefit most from starting relatively young too. I just like the ethos that one is rewarded for making positive changes to keep healthy! It's a good way to live one's life. And the benefits/rewards go a long way to getting one's money back from buying in the scheme in the first place!

Thank you for a fantastic experience! :-)

rupert23 Fri 21-Mar-14 16:00:50

nontester i would love the option of a spa day and its nice to relax away from the children. i would also like family options such as cinema or zoo days so that all the family are included.

telsa Fri 21-Mar-14 16:03:12

Would you find the treat of an occasional spa day a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices?

yes, that does sound like something really nice - the kind of luxury I would never organise for myself, but if it were offered, then I would leap at the chance.

From what you've seen or read about, do you think the Vitality programme would work for you?

I like the way that the progamme isholisitc, thinking not just about pounding and beating the body, but vitality as a broader life-embracing concept. It reminds me of the German idea of wellness - they use the english word. It suggests something more to do with all aspects of life, physical, mental, the family, the self etc.

Does the Vitality programme add value to PruHealth’s health insurance?
It does seem to - seems to make it stand out as something 'value added' in today's cliche-speak. .

sharond101 Fri 21-Mar-14 21:34:55

Would you find the treat of an occasional spa day a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices?
Not really. I had a spa day yesterday and really it wan't for me. I enjoyed the massage and facial and even enjoyed using the gym but it felt like a waste of a day really that I could have spent enjoying my family.
From what you've seen or read about, do you think the Vitality programme would work for you?
I like the rewards idea but so many schemes have rewards nowadays and so many of them are things you wouldn't normally use or choose so maybe having greater choice or cashback is always good.
Does the Vitality programme add value to PruHealth’s health insurance?
I think it does. It shows they are taking some responsibility for supporting there members in making better lifestyle choices.

Stripytop Sat 22-Mar-14 00:09:04

How did you find your visit to Champney's Tring? What treatment did you have? I had a full body massage which was divine. I LOVE a good spa and so have been to quite a few over the years. This was my first time at Champneys and although it was really lovely it wasn't outstanding. The 75% reduction in cost would definitely make it an attractive and more affordable treat but I think it would be bit too far for most northerners to travel to unless they were staying at least 2 nights.

*How have you found the Vitality Experience over the past two months?
What's one positive change you've taken away from your Vitality Experience?* The Vitality Experience has focused my attention on my own health and fitness, which I wasn't doing beforehand. I have really appreciated the suggestion made to us on our first day, of making small changes and sticking at them. This is something I have been able to do throughout the experience, and which I aim to carry on doing. The most notable change I have made is that I now walk everywhere I can. It's just a habit now.

What do you think about the Vitality programme? I love the concept of it, and if I wasn't juggling so many balls already I would be sold. However I feel like there are too many elements to it for me to manage properly in order to get maximum benefit.

Would you recommend PruHealth with Vitality to Mumsnetters and/or your friends and family? Why? If I knew someone who was looking for private medical insurance, then I would certainly recommend it. I think that if you were able to keep on top of it, you could offset the initial cost of the insurance.

CointreauVersial Sat 22-Mar-14 00:21:10

Marking my place....I shall be back tomorrow with my input.

ataraxia Sat 22-Mar-14 14:45:21

Non-tester - from the responses, it seems that the package approach encourages a healthier lifestyle overall rather than quick fixes then backsliding into bad habits

stephgr Sat 22-Mar-14 23:48:11

I'm not a participant but the treat of an occasional spa day would be a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices. I love spas but they are an expense I can't really justify at the moment. I do have health insurance with a different company but am going to find out more about PruHealth because the Vitality programme really appeals to me. Based upon what I've seen and read, the Vitality programme definitely adds value to PruHealth’s health insurance.

Bagtrainlady Sat 22-Mar-14 23:59:10

Place marking until I can get to the computer rather than trying to answer on iPad

Bubbles85 Sun 23-Mar-14 09:41:47

Non participant

Would you find the treat of an occasional spa day a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices? - Oh yes, definitely as long as I knew I had to stick to making healthy choices in order to 'win' the spa day.

From what you've seen or read about, do you think the Vitality programme would work for you? Yes, i think it is a really good idea.

Does the Vitality programme add value to PruHealth’s health insurance? Yes it definitely adds value.

KateOxford Mon 24-Mar-14 08:33:21

NON - PARTICIPANT
I am not particularly interested in for days, I prefer to spend my relaxation time with my children or perhaps going for a meal with my husband. Something like an English Heritage or National Trust entrance would appeal more to me.

I think the vitality programme offers good incentives to work harder and to stick with a healthier lifestyle.

I think the vitality programme does add value to the Pru Health insurance and there are some discounts that I'm sure I would use. I expect I would buy a fancy polar watch and some nice clothes for the gym. I don't like going to the cinema and I don't think that's a particularly healthy choice. I would rather have membership of national trust or English heritage which would get me out walking in the outdoors and therefore a healthier option. I also think some more options could be added which would appeal to families, sadly my days of Eurostar and fancy hotels are no longer!

CointreauVersial Mon 24-Mar-14 13:25:04

I finally have a quiet moment so I can collect my thoughts for the final feedback! That photo brings back memories of a lovely day.

~ How did you find your visit to Champney's Tring? What treatment did you have?

Well, it was a perfect mini-break. I felt very spoiled and it was great to catch up with everyone, including AnnMN and Corrine from PruHealth. I had a full-body massage, which was amaaaaazing, and I also packed in a couple of classes (Hula Hooping - what a laugh - and Stretch and Relax). This left time for lunch, a good gossip in the hot-tub, and a spot of retail therapy in the Champneys shop. I didn't leave until 5.45pm.

~ How have you found the Vitality Experience over the past two months?

It has been really fun, and a great push towards getting in shape after the winter gloom and stodge-eating. Things like the Sweatshop/Lloyds vouchers and the cinema tickets have been lovely perks, but the best thing has been the gym membership - I would never have tried it otherwise, and although it has a few limitations (afternoons/evenings are always so busy) it has been great to get into a routine of spending time on my own health/fitness. I didn't really bond with the Fitbug, mainly because I concluded that, for me, walking more really wasn't going to be a practical way of raising my fitness. The eating healthily aspect is something that I already did. The Champneys day was the icing on the cake!

What's one positive change you've taken away from your Vitality Experience?

It has made me re-think my fitness. Previously I did do a little running (although that had lapsed) and considered that sufficient, but I now understand the importance of other types of exercise - resistence training, weights etc - to augment this. I am now a big fan of classes (circuits, Body Pump etc). It has just made me more aware of myself, my body, and what I'm putting into it.

~ What do you think about the Vitality programme?

I think it is really good, a far more holistic approach to health care than most other health insurance plans. The benefits are well chosen, and there's something for everyone.

~ Would you recommend PruHealth with Vitality to Mumsnetters and/or your friends and family? Why?

Yes, I would, assuming they were in the market for private health plans. In fact, it has come up in conversation over the course of the last two months, as people spot my Fitbug, or wonder why I am walking a little stiffly. blush I might mention it to our directors, in fact. It fits very well with our company culture of caring for our staff. HOWEVER, I have no idea if PruHealth is on the expensive side in order to cover the cost of Vitality.....I hope not.

PurpleSproutingBroccoli Mon 24-Mar-14 13:30:42

Non-tester - I think I'd prefer to have a choice of rewards, although a spa day would definitely be great to have as one of them! I like a spa to be an occasional, very special treat - perhaps once a year or so - but a once-yearly reward wouldn't be enough to keep me motivated! So perhaps an annual main reward of a spa day if you kept going for a specific amount of time, but interim rewards of something different. Especially if it was something that might encourage the whole family to be active.

The family aspect is something that I'd emphasise for the programme in general. However, as it stands I think it does add to the package and is great from a proactive health point of view.

tinypumpkin Mon 24-Mar-14 14:07:39

I do like the idea of a spa day but it would not be my top choice either. a meal out would be nicer, just some time off!

I like the idea of the programme and the rewards. Who could resist rewards?

I think the programme does add something to the health insurance but it is not something that I would choose (health insurance generally). If you were looking then I think it is a nice addition.

mjmooseface Mon 24-Mar-14 15:43:52

Non-tester:

It's been very interesting reading the tester's experiences. Especially CointreauVersial who said that previously they did a bit of running and thought that was sufficient but that this experience made them more aware of their body and fitness. Just reading that has made me think that maybe I need to do more! I keep saying I'll do proper workouts etc and one day I will!

I have never been to a spa or had any kind of a spa day, so that wouldn't be a good incentive for me. I'm sure they are great but because I haven't experienced one yet, it's not something I long for. Plus, with no one to look after my little one and a husband who works, I would never be able to go for a spa day by myself!! I'm terribly unmotivated and think that being a part of a programme with rewards would help me be interested in getting proactive! I'm with other people who say that a better reward is an activity of sorts that you could do with your family like an English Heritage day out etc. Or even a variety of rewards that you could choose from, something for everyone! If you were looking for health insurance then I do believe the Vitality programme does add value to it.

rlouisa Mon 24-Mar-14 16:32:38

i do like the thought of an incentive as a reward, having a SPA day will be great but i think other options should be available, shopping vouchers, cinema tickets,concert discounts, supermarket vouchers,or Lovetoshopvouchers,;lol.

woodchuck Mon 24-Mar-14 17:48:25

Non-tester

I like the idea of incentives, and am probably at a point in my life, family wise, where I could relax with a spa day. When the kids were smaller, it would have been logistically difficult. I do think it would be good to have a choice of 'healthy' rewards, as not everybody is into spas, or could necessarily access them

KristinaM Mon 24-Mar-14 18:30:09

I'm a existing pru health vitality customer and I've no interest at all in spa days. I prefer the incentive of money off from partner companies.

Kewcumber Mon 24-Mar-14 18:33:09

I'm just marking my place - will come back later

Hopezibah Mon 24-Mar-14 20:56:21

Non-tester:
Would you find the treat of an occasional spa day a good motivational incentive to make healthy choices?

Yes. It is so hard to find the motivation to get out of the rut of unhealthy eating and trying to get some excercise. Something to focus on as a goal / reward would really help.

From what you've seen or read about, do you think the Vitality programme would work for you?

Yes. I considered signing up to take part because all the elements really appealled (i just couldn't make the key intro date which is why i didn't sign up to be considered).

Does the Vitality programme add value to PruHealth’s health insurance?

I saw an advert for it recently I think which basically was saying that unless you claim, you never usually get anything back - yet with this - you are getting something back for staying healthy and looking after yourself. I hadn't really thought of it that way before - so it was a bit of an eye opener for me.

missorinoco Mon 24-Mar-14 21:32:15

Non tester. An occasional spa day would be am amazing incentive.
Family friendly incentives also sound good, but pure me indulgence would be a lovely incentive.

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