Health at SMU

Wellpower Program Overview


Wellpower is our wellness program for part-time and full-time, benefit-eligible, staff and faculty at SMU. The program has ended for the year and a new Wellpower program, powered by Healthways, will launch this fall. The program is currently under development, so please check back or watch your emails for details soon.

Use the links to the right to learn more about specific areas of Wellpower.

Confidential, Convenient Health Coaching Available

Wellpower will host a health coach on-campus two days a week starting later this fall. Our health coach will provide confidential individual health coaching, teach wellness seminars, and conduct outreach to the staff/faculty community to promote a culture of wellness at SMU.

Confidentiality and Privacy

Wellpower and SMU support the protection of your private medical information. Your individual health information is never shared with anyone at SMU. Wellpower has contracted with Healthways to help provide wellness programming for our staff and faculty. Our Wellpower health coach is a Healthways employee, and may have access to your biometric screening information and any other information you choose to share. Our health coach will keep that information confidential in accordance with HIPPA and other applicable privacy guidelines. Only aggregate, group data will be provided to SMU. Group data does not include any individual information and allows Wellpower to monitor the effectiveness of programs and services. If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy with regard to medical information, please contact us at

IRS Regulations on Prizes and Awards

Prizes and rewards earned or won through Wellpower may be considered as taxable personal income according to the IRS. Wellpower will report prizes and rewards to payroll and applicable payroll tax deductions will occur. Items given as educational or program supports will not be considered as a prize or reward. Example: pedometers given out to support an exercise challenge are not considered prizes, but are part of the wellness program activity itself.