County Benefits - Healthy Lifestyle Program

  • Healthy Lifestyle Program
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  • According to the American Heart Association, physical inactivity is considered a major risk factor in the development of the coronary artery disease. Even a small amount of aerobic exercise can help you stay healthy. To encourage increased physical activity, the Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement Program offers an incentive to get you to exercise regularly.

  • The Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement Program offers an incentive to adopt & maintain an active lifestyle by attending a Fitness center eight times a month for a total of 48 times in a rolling six months. You can receive a reimbursement up to $180 for the cost of your annual fitness facility membership fees. For more detail information about this program, you can contact Sukie Gutierrez @546-2218 ext. 3275

  • The following fitness centers are part of the LifeStyle Advantage Fitness through Advantage Care Network, Inc. This network is available only to County of El Paso Full-time employees who are currently enrolled under the County’s Medical Health Plan.
  • EP Fitness YWCA
    Curves Las Palmas Lifecare Center
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  • ∗∗Medically based fitness facilities for people with risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular conditions. Usually a referral to the fitness program is done by the primary care physician.
  • What is the Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement Program & Who´s Eligible
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  • The Healthy Lifestyle reimbursement program offers an incentive to adopt and maintain an active lifestyle. You can receive a reimbursement up to $180 for the cost of your annual fitness facility membership fees.
  • Eligible fitness facilities are those whose primary business is being a full service fitness facility. These facilities should offer a variety of activities in a supervised setting such as the following to name a few:
  • – Aerobic class
    – Rowing machine
    – Stair Climber
    – Jazzercise class
    – Cardio Kickboxing class
    – Track for running/walking
    – Treadmill
  • Membership to athletic clubs that focus primarily on a single competitive or recreational sports activity are not eligible for reimbursement – even if the activity includes elements of a comprehensive exercise program. While we recognize that activities such as martial arts, rowing, tennis and basketball are excellent ways to stay fit, they often do not require consistent, year–round attendance. Examples of ineligible program/facilities:
  • – Tennis/Racquetball
    – Squash
    – Golf
    – Pilates
    – Yoga
    – Martial arts/Karate class
    – Sport leagues
    – Dance schools

  • Who´s Eligible:

    – County of El Paso Full-Time employees who are currently enrolled under the County’s medical health plan.
    – Eligible employees are entitled to receive a $15 reimbursement per month up to $180 a year maximum, if the employee fulfills all the requirements as stated below.
    – How does the program work? How do I get started?

        – Start by choosing a Fitness Center
        – To be eligible for reimbursement – you must attend a Fitness Center eight times a month for a total of 48 times in a rolling six months. If within the rolling six months, you miss two days for a total of 46 times you will only be eligible to receive a reimbursed for four months out of the six months, but if you miss three days out of the six months, you forfeit the entire reimbursement.


  • Example #1 Month 1 you attend 8 times Example #2 Month 1 you attend 8 times Example #3 Month 1 you attend 8 times
    Acceptable Month 2 you attend 8 times Acceptable Month 2 you attend 7 times Not Acceptable Month 2 you attend 7 times
      Month 3 you attend 8 times   Month 3 you attend 8 times   Month 3 you attend 7 times
      Month 4 you attend 8 times   Month 4 you attend 7 times   Month 4 you attend 7 times
      Month 5 you attend 8 times   Month 5 you attend 8 times   Month 5 you attend 8 times
      Month 6 you attend 8 times   Month 6 you attend 8 times   Month 6 you attend 8 times
      Total 48   Total 46   Total 45


  • – At the end of any rolling six–month period, you can submit for reimbursement by completing an Application for Reimbursement and submitting it to the Human Resources Department. The application should inlude a copy of the fitness center membership agreeement and⁄or contract or renewal, attendance printout sheet from the facility and proof of payment.
    – For those employees who are currently enrolled in the EP Fitness premium deduction program through the County; they do not need to submit proof of payment when they submit their application for the Lifestyle Reimbursement.
  • Those we encourage our employees to adopt and maintain a routine fitness program. However, if you are 40 years of age or older, overweight, have a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, or if you have any other health concerns related to exercise, you are encouraged to consult your health care provider before beginning any exercise program.