Train your mind and build the skills to focus, connect, and flourish

Healthy Minds @Work


As part of our commitment to the long-term well-being of UVA faculty, staff, and team members, Hoos Well is excited to offer the Healthy Minds @Work program to all UVA employees. Spouses enrolled in the UVA Health Plan or UPG Anthem Health Plan may also participate.

The New York Times Wirecutter: Best Meditation AppHealthy Minds @Work is an evidence-based, easy-to-follow program featuring scientific podcast-style lessons, guided meditation practices, personalized well-being reports, and a customizable mobile app that is easy to follow and designed to fit easily into your daily life. It is a personal guided journey through the science of a healthy mind, built by neuroscientists and designed to teach and measure skills associated with emotional well-being. Read on to learn how you can join your teammates in training your mind, improving focus, reducing burnout, boosting resilience, and bringing more purpose to your life and work— all in only 5–10 minutes a day and at no cost to you.

How to participate in Healthy Minds @Work

  1. Go to the Healthy Minds Portal to create an account and verify your email address. Important: Use either your UVA email address or the email address that is associated with your account in the Hoos Well portal, to ensure that you receive your rewards for the Challenge (see below for details)
  2. Take the Well-being Assessment in the Healthy Minds Portal. 
  3. Download the Healthy Minds Program app from the App Store or Google Play
  4. LOGIN to the Healthy Minds Program app using the account information from Step 1 above (do not SIGN UP again)

Hoos Well reward

UVA employees and spouses on the UVA or UPG Health Plan can earn a $50 reward for participating in the Healthy Minds @Work 30 Day Challenge. You may begin this Challenge at any time. Please note: 

  1. In order to receive your reward, you must complete a self-assessment after completing the challenge. This self-assessment will be available in your Healthy Minds Portal 30 days after you began the challenge.
  2. It can take up to two (2) weeks from the time you complete the post-challenge self-assessment to receive the reward in your Virgin Pulse account, since issuing the reward is a manual process. Thank you for your patience with this process.
Learn more about the Reward-Eligible 30-Day Challenge Create your Healthy Minds account and get started today! Read outcomes and quotes from your UVA colleagues who have completed the Challenge
5 - 7

minute daily time commitment

16 %

Decrease in burnout among UVA users, after 30 days

15 %

Increase in Well-Being, after 30-day Challenge

7 %

Increase in sense of community among UVA users

Built from neuroscience and based on research evidence

Foundations of a healthy mindThe Healthy Minds @Work program was built by neuroscientists and is designed to teach and measure skills associated with emotional well-being using meditation and other contemplative practices. It is a step-by-step habit-formation process to train the mind through podcast-style lessons and guided meditations at a variety of lengths—including practices to address specific needs like sleep, stress, and more.

Healthy Minds @Work was developed by world renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson who has spent decades at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying the effects of meditation on the mind. It is evidence-based, built from science in the field of human flourishing, and easy to follow. Healthy Minds @Work goes beyond mindfulness to build four additional mental skills of well-being, each associated with brain circuits that have the capacity to be shaped by practicing the skills that you'll learn:

  1. Awareness: Build the capacity to be present, focused, and self-aware so you can be in the driver’s seat of your own mind
  2. Connection: Develop healthy relationships and warmth through skills like appreciation, kindness, and compassion
  3. Insight: Get curious and challenge self-limiting assumptions & beliefs to move beyond a rigid and isolated sense of self
  4. Purpose: Learn how to use your values a source of meaning to help you stay motivated and thrive

Work at your own pace and on your own time to reap the benefits of a healthy mind for yourself, loved ones, colleagues, the UVA community, and ultimately our world. 

Explore the Healthy Minds @Work Well-Being Framework

Reward-Eligible 30-Day Challenge

Beyond mindfulness

Train your mind and build the skills to be calmer, more focused, and resilient, in just 30 days!

The Healthy Minds @Work program begins with a four-week well-being challenge that provides simple guided meditations and podcast style lessons to support healthier habits of the mind. Each week of the Challenge you will explore and practice a new pillar of well-being including awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. The Challenge includes personalized feedback on your well-being so you can track your progress along the way.

UVA employees and spouses on the UVA or UPG Health Plan can earn a $50 reward for participating in the Healthy Minds @Work 30 Day Challenge. You may begin this Challenge at any time. Please note: 

  1. In order to receive your reward, you must complete a self-assessment after completing the challenge. This self-assessment will be available in your Healthy Minds Portal 30 days after you began the challenge.
  2. It can take up to two (2) weeks from the time you complete the post-challenge self-assessment to receive the reward in your Virgin Pulse account, since issuing the reward is a manual process. Thank you for your patience with this process.
Learn more about the 30-Day Challenge

Learn the science behind the Healthy Minds @Work well-being framework

Dr. Richard Davidson, pioneering neuroscientist and founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at University of Wisconsin-Madison, describes the four components of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose.

Learn more about Dr. Davidson and the Center for Healthy Minds

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Healthy Minds Innovations?

    Healthy Minds Innovations, Inc. (HMI) was started in 2014 by world-renowned neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson. They are a nonprofit affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison driven by a mission to translate science into tools to cultivate and measure well-being.

    HMI takes the discoveries and insights gleaned from the Center’s research–as well as that of their own scientific team–and translates them into tools that help people around the world build skills of well-being through the use of traditional contemplative practices (like meditation), skill building techniques, and opportunities to learn about the science behind the practices.

    Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • What is the Healthy Minds @Work Challenge?

    The Healthy Minds @Work Challenge is a four-week well-being challenge that provides simple guided meditations and podcast style lessons to support healthier habits of the mind. Each week of the Challenge you will explore and practice a new pillar of well-being including awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. The Challenge includes personalized feedback on your well-being so you can track your progress along the way.

  • How much is the reward and when will I get it?

    UVA employees and spouses on the UVA or UPG Health Plan can earn a $50 reward for participating in the Healthy Minds @Work 30 Day Challenge. You may begin this Challenge at any time. Please note: 

    1. In order to receive your reward, you must complete a self-assessment after completing the challenge. This self-assessment will be available in your Healthy Minds Portal 30 days after you began the challenge.
    2. It can take up to two (2) weeks from the time you complete the post-challenge self-assessment to receive the reward in your Virgin Pulse account, since issuing the reward is a manual process. Thank you for your patience with this process.
    Learn more about Hoos Well rewards
  • How much time do I need to dedicate to participating in the Challenge?

    Participants should plan to dedicate one hour per week to the Challenge over the course of four weeks. This time will consist of weekly 30-minute webinars on each dimension of well-being (Awareness, Connection, Insight, and Purpose) and approximately 30-minutes of skill building on each dimension of well-being using the Healthy Minds Program app (audio recordings with multiple durations and active vs. sitting meditations.

  • Am I allowed to watch webinars and complete the exercises during the workday?

    Yes, you are encouraged to complete the activities during the workday as your schedule allows.

  • What happens after the Challenge?

    All participants will have access to the Healthy Minds Program app for a full year with additional training modules unlocked. In addition, Healthy Minds Innovations will offer quarterly well-being webinars to attend periodically.

  • Where should I go for additional questions on the Healthy Minds app or troubleshooting?

    Please see the Healthy Minds Program Mobile App "Help, How To's, and About the App" page for common app related questions and assistance. If you need technical assistance, you may submit a help request on this page. 

    Healthy Minds Program Mobile App "Help, How To's, and About the App"
  • What policies are in place to protect participant data?

    Healthy Minds Innovations prioritizes data privacy of all users. Healthy Minds Innovations will never disclose personally identifiable data to anyone other than the individual themselves. HMI stores data using Amazon Web Services in one of its US-based data centers. This data is encrypted in transit and HMI provides limited, as-needed access (for individuals) to application data in order to provide product and end user support. Access to this data is further protected using multi-factor authentication and monitored using identity and system access management logging. Any data provided back to the organization will be de-identified.

    Learn more about HMI’s data privacy policies: Privacy Policy and End User License Agreement & Terms of Use .

  • What if I’m already a regular meditator. Will I need to stop my daily practice to begin the Healthy Minds Program?

    If you already have an established meditation practice, we encourage you to experiment with the practices in the app to supplement your current practice. You can try adding a shorter 5-minute seated practice to your routine or bring a more meditative mindset to your daily activities with our active practices.

  • Can this program address my clinical mental health needs?

    Please note that the Healthy Minds Program is not a substitute for professional mental health treatment and is not intended to diagnose or treat illness. Contemplative practices such as mindfulness meditation may not be for everyone. If you are concerned, consult with your healthcare provider before beginning the program.