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PruHealth Vitality Experience - month 2 feedback thread with WEEKLY £50 prize for non participants.....NOW CLOSED

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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-Feb-14 14:34:35

It's now month 2 of the PruHealth Vitality Experience for our 8 lucky participants: see their feedback from month 1 here.

PruHealth say "We believe the more you look after yourself, the healthier you feel. That's why we offer our customers Vitality 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!"

For the next 4 weeks the programme looks like this:

Week 5 - Half-Term & Half-Time - Check in with your personal trainer for a free 1hr session to boost your gym routine.

Week 6 - Discounts Dispensed - Get £25 worth of vouchers to test drive our up to 50% cashback at Lloyds Pharmacy benefit.

Week 7 - Choose Your Reward - Take your pick between discounts to Merlin attractions, National Trust parks or travel with Eurostar, Mark Warner or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways.

Week 8 - Wrap Up - Finish the Vitality Experience with a day of pampering at Champney's spa.

Week 5:Non participants: for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what you'd do with a personal trainer for an hour keep it clean! - would you ask to concentrate on your abs, arms, legs, all over fitness or another area? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 24 Feb at 9am. NOW CLOSED
Week 5: Participants - please share how you got on with your Personal Trainer. Have you used one before? Was it was you expected? What did you do? What goals or targets/ suggestions did they have for you going forward and how did you feel the next day!? grin

Week 6 (w/c 24 Feb) is all about showcasing one of the discount partners that PruHealth with Vitality has teamed up with - LloydsPharmacy. PruHealth say "our members can get cashback with Vitality on everyday essentials like health and beauty products, toiletries, fragrances and more whether they shop online or in-store with a LloydsPharmacy Vitality card."

Our participants received £25 worth of vouchers to spend at LloydsPharmacy to test drive the up-to-50% cashback benefit.

Non participants - for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what your best beauty or health related treat is for less than £25 - what would you buy? Some lipsticks, a luscious bubble bath or some luxury body lotion? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 3 March at 9am. NOW CLOSED.

Participants - please share on this thread what you bought with the vouchers - did you treat yourself or buy something more practical for the family? What do you think about this PruHealth with Vitality benefit?

Week 7 is also all about the rewards available to PruHealth with Vitality members - this time our testers are able to choose their reward from a few of the key Vitality partners who are working with PruHealth: Merlin attractions, National Trust parks or travel with Eurostar, Mark Warner or Mr & Mrs Smith getaways.

PruHealth say "We offer rewards to help motivate our members to improve their health and to recognise the hard work they're putting in. We're pleased to team up with a variety of travel, health and entertainment companies to offer members a great range of discounts and special offers."

Non participants - for a chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what would motivate you to make small steps to improve your health and general well-being? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £50 Nectar card. Prize draw Monday 10 March 9am NOW CLOSED.

Participants: please share on this thread what reward you picked and why. When do you think you'll use it? Do you think this reward would help motivate you to earn more Vitality points (and therefore access to even bigger discounts and rewards)? What other partners would you like to see on the Vitality list?

thanks
MNHQ

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 08:34:12

The Cacharel Amor Amor was on a very special offer.... I thought (having read reasonably good reviews elsewhere) that it might do as my 'every day' perfume....Always previously steered clear of Cacharel perfumes since the overkill of Anais Anais during the 80s but tempted....

PT emailed me to ask how I'm getting on after our session - I had told him that there wouldn't be time to do the gym during the half-term so will have to more than make amends this week...

And the weather is so much nicer that doing the extra bit of exercise, walking or running, won't be so difficult any more......Hurrah!

I was wondering about getting DS some boxing kit (sure it's good for teenage rage too!) and then being able to have a go myself too :-). I quite liked the powerplate although one does feel positively like a wobbly jelly!

Looking at our original bumpf it looks as if the cinema vouchers are valid until the end of 'our term' so assume that I could still use my other £20 one to go to see The Book Thief with DS!

smallinthesmoke Mon 24-Feb-14 12:29:06

Well it is four days since my PT training session and I am still stiff! Have had to get DD1 to pick things up off the floor for me, which brings back memories of pg SPD. I had to miss aqua as I couldn't move but am planning to try a little swim this afternoon. Want to go as much as possible while I am still a member. I will try some of the exercises like squats at home but building up gently. Very gently.
I am really looking forward to spending the Lloyds voucher. So nice to browse for treats rather than just go for what's on offer.
DH and I went to see Wolf of Wall St on Sat as there was some left over cinema credit. I really enjoyed it. Such a novelty to go to the cinema. It's so expensive. I can see why the Pruhealth offer of free tickets is a good incentive. Am I right that members get tickets automatically each week, whether or not they are building up points? That's a good deal.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 24-Feb-14 12:41:03

Congrats to lottietiger who has won a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card for adding their comment on Personal Trainers.

Week 6 is all about showcasing one of the discount partners that PruHealth with Vitality has teamed up with - LloydsPharmacy. PruHealth say "our members can get cashback with Vitality on everyday essentials like health and beauty products, toiletries, fragrances and more whether they shop online or in-store with a LloydsPharmacy Vitality card."

Our participants received £25 worth of vouchers to spend at LloydsPharmacy to test drive the up-to-50% cashback benefit.

Non participants - for chance to win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card please share on this thread what your best beauty or health related treat is for less than £25 - what would you buy? Some lipsticks, a luscious bubble bath or some luxury body lotion? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one lucky MNer will win a £50 pre-loaded Nectar card - prize draw Monday 3 March at 9am.

Participants - please share on this thread what you bought with the vouchers - did you treat yourself or buy something more practical for the family? What do you think about this PruHealth with Vitality benefit?

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 13:27:43

Going to combine some exercise with spending my voucher at the Lloyds up the high street in a bit! However, I am a bit distraught that I too have lost my fitbug as it fell off the waist clip without me noticing. I have had to book my PT session for Wednesday as I was away all last week. Feeling a bit nervous now after some of the other feedback. How much more fit can I get in 48 hours?! Actually I am looking forward to it, even if it will be a bit of a wake up call.
On another note, one tip from the nutritionist that is really working for me is to eat a fruit, nut and seed mix - it seems to satisfy my craving for something sweet after a meal.

Wjjkl Mon 24-Feb-14 13:43:03

Non participant

Getting a pedicure is a real treat for under £25 - especially as spring & summer are coming and there'll be no more hiding my feet in winter boots!

FiveOwls Mon 24-Feb-14 14:31:07

Non-participant - I like having a "home spa" with 12 yr old dd2. Bubble bath, face masks, body lotion, candles and we're learning how to give each other shoulder massages. Dh is in charge of bringing us fresh towels, strawberries and fruit juice in cocktail glasses smile

CMOTDibbler Mon 24-Feb-14 15:27:06

Non participant - if I have a random treat, then I love to get a new lippy or nail varnish

whattoWHO Mon 24-Feb-14 16:16:04

Non participant. Some Molton Brown shower gel. I love their fragrances and they lather so well that a big bottle lasts for ages.

WowOoo Mon 24-Feb-14 16:47:02

non participant:
If I had a personal trainer for an hour I'd ask them for a range of exercises to help me tone my tummy. My legs and arms are fine thanks to doing sport but I give up on sit ups so easily.

CointreauVersial Mon 24-Feb-14 17:35:38

Fiveowls - what a lovely idea. Particularly the bit about DH serving you drinks. grin

Bagtrainlady Mon 24-Feb-14 18:31:54

I went to Lloyd's pharmacy today. I wanted to treat myself to something but got a bit overwhelmed by all the lotions & potions when I got there. After telling dd that she couldn't buy herself a £35 electric toothbrush with my voucher!

The assistant came over & was incredibly helpful. I explained I had a voucher & wasn't sure what I wanted do she gave me lots of samples to take away & try before I commit to an expensive face cream I might not get on with! I will have a few trials & see how I get on. Though they did have some lovely perfumes as well - it's a nice dilemma to have!

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 24-Feb-14 18:39:14

Non participant
I don't generally indulge in health & beauty treats, but I do love Aveeno moisturising lotion, so I'd probably buy that, or some really good hand cream.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 18:53:25

Have to laugh at your DD, Bagtrainlady....typical of children always wanting you to spend money on them! Mine would be the same! You sound as if you had a very positive experience in there though which is fantastic.

I have to say that I know our 'time' is not up yet but thus far I couldn't fault any of the personnel (with whom I've been involved) for their helpfulness and loveliness! It makes such a difference.....

I've got to fit my trip into a very busy week - it will be good for upping my step count after a bit of a slothful week over half-term but not so good for my sanity as I've got LOADS to do this week - yikes.

I lost my Fitbug too Loopsngeorge and I'm being sent another one which is above and beyond the call of duty, PruHealth Vitality (so thank you) - let your 'contact' know... I've got this uneasy feeling I might have dropped mine down the loo.... it doesn't seem to be flushing very efficiently at the moment blush. Hmmmm........

HazeltheMcWitch Mon 24-Feb-14 20:34:53

Non-tester here. With a personal trainer, I'd want the honest truth about how to make MY body as good as it can be. I am very pear-shaped. Even when skinny I am still a pear. I'd like to know - given my arse wont ever be small, how can I get the best tone, without getting any bigger?

Fillybuster Mon 24-Feb-14 20:56:28

Non tester here (sadly!)

I'd definitely spend £20 on a full pedicure at the local salon (complete with fab leg massage) and the remaining £5 on a lovely bright pink or purple nail varnish for them to use on my toes smile smile

(I know the salon have amazing varnishes but I like to use my own colours so that I can touch them up when they start to look a bit chipped after 2 weeks!)

Kewcumber Mon 24-Feb-14 21:22:14

My personal trainer is sick! So no feedback from me on that yet but we do have the session rescheduled for Wednesday this week so I get to thrash myself for an hour then treat myself with my Lloyds vouchers as a reward!

I'm going to mooch around my local Lloyds this week but am currently tempted by some Regenerist Serum which I have previously been too tight to buy. My skin is terribly dry at the moment and not in good shape so I'm feeling now that the big 50 is looming that I should start taking care of it a bit better (yes I know its probably a bit late to start now!)

Kewcumber Mon 24-Feb-14 21:26:55

Loops I too have started snacking on dried fruit and nuts (not loads) and I've managed to persist with the cooking a lot from scratch which I hadn't been doing. I'm quite pleased that I think my eating has become much healthier since starting this and I'll definitely continue it.

Its been a bit unfortunate that I became anaemic since going to the gym as I;m finding exercise a bit of a struggle however I'm certainly getting more than I would have without the gym.

I went to the acqua class again last week and the teacher came over and said to me "you worked very hard today" which I did - I felt chuffed and very motivated to go back. <<sob>> don't take my Virgin gym membership away from me - pleeeeeeeeze!

sharond101 Mon 24-Feb-14 21:30:34

Non-tester. I have a thing about lip balms but as I have so many I would definitely buy something else. I do love a facial but not sure if £25 would stretch to that so maybe an indulgent nice smelling face scrub and mask so I can do it myself then spend the remaining money on a nice treat to consume whilst I wait for the potions to do their job.

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 21:32:05

I'm the proud owner of some Dior Airflash foundation courtesy of my voucher. There were lots of things I was deliberating over but no prices shown and no one on the make up counter so I went with something I've used before and love!
For a small high street branch they had loads of stuff to choose from and some really nice Clarins packages.
I think this Vitality benefit would work for me as I've got a local branch although to be honest I don't tend to buy much at pharmacies now I'm out of the baby stage!

Eek Williamdefoe, not much chance of finding your fitbug then! I'm blaming airport security as I had to take my belt off and think it must have happened then.

loopsngeorge Mon 24-Feb-14 21:33:48

Kewcumber, mine's on Wednesday too so i will think of you as I pound the treadmill or whatever they're going to make me do!

Willemdefoeismine Mon 24-Feb-14 21:39:34

Just hoping that DH doesn't end up having to plunge the loo.....that really would mean getting told off....keeping a very low profile at the moment....

Wow you're quick off the mark Loopsngeorge.... Well done though for treating yourself....

Kewcumber....good to hear from you - it had all gone a bit quiet..... Well done with your acqua class....

Going to the gym tomorrow..... yes, I'm going to miss the gym too .....

WhitegoldWielder Tue 25-Feb-14 09:47:52

Non-tester

For a beauty/health treat less than £25 I would check out the local college salon - they do plenty of treats for less than £25 and the further into the year the more confident they get! (Although they are always supervised if you are slightly nervous)

Or I would get out with a group of family or friends on a dry sunny day and go for a long walk and use the money for a healthy lunch at a countryside cafe.

Or I'd book a Reiki session - it may be woo but it's a legitimate excuse to lie down and chill listening to plinky-plonk music and take time out on a busy day!

telsa Tue 25-Feb-14 12:34:31

Non participant - best beauty or health related treat for less than £25

Sleep - probably. It cures a multitude of things. Or a long hot soak. OK, if you want to spend some money, get some lovely smelling, foamy stuff from Lush. Lie back, put on some music and just chill out for 30 minutes, with guaranteed no interruptions. On leaving bath, make sure to wrap yourself in the softest bathing robe or towel.

CointreauVersial Tue 25-Feb-14 12:48:24

Kewcumber - that serum is Good Stuff, although make sure you use moisturiser as well. I have a DH who works for the company who make Olay, so I am generally well-stocked in that regard. wink

I'm not sure when I'll get to Lloyds - my diary is filling up already for this week. I had to Google it to locate a branch, and there are none in my usual shopping haunts. For that reason, it probably wouldn't be a huge benefit for me were I a Vitality member (buy, hey, I'll make the effort if there's a voucher to spend!).

Babycarmen Tue 25-Feb-14 16:08:33

Non participant! My beauty treat would be benefits 'porefessional'. It is a must have product and really makes you feel like you are treating your skin! Another would be a hot stone facial smile Heaven!

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