Turn 1% of your day into enhanced happiness, connection, and well-being

Hoos Well 1% Challenge

Are you ready to earn $50 by learning mindfulness skills for resilience, stress relief, emotional balance, and joy?

Through the Hoos Well reward-eligible 1% Challenge offered by our partner eM Life, you can learn scientifically-proven mindfulness skills to help settle your mind, sharpen your focus, and enhance your quality of life. Participation is simple, quick, accessible, and open to UVA employees and spouses on the UVA or UPG Health Plans.

The 2023 Hoos Well 1% Challenge is open to begin now through October 10, 2023.

We invite you to practice 14 minutes (1% of a day) in live or on-demand sessions in the eM Life website or app for at least 25 days during the 40 day period from when you start the challenge, and earn a $50 Hoos Well reward!

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Welcome to the 2023 Hoos Well 1% Challenge!

Learn about exciting new features in eM Life for this year's 1% Challenge and hear from your UVA colleagues about the benefits they've experienced through participating.

Begin the 1% Challenge between Sept. 18 - Oct. 10, 2023

Hear Your Colleagues' Experience in the 1% Challenge

Many of your UVA colleagues were happy to share their thoughts on the 2022 1% Challenge. Here are a few of them!

Michelle Roszell

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J.D. Brown

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Jaelyn Munson

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Lachen Parks

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Marianne Daughtrey

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Emily Cain

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Sandy Seidel

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Renee Brett

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Annette Liskey

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The 1% Challenge really helped kickstart a regular meditation practice for me that I’ve carried into my daily life... When I completed the challenge, I felt empowered to be more present in each moment and observe my thoughts and emotions without judgment. Jessica Clark, Director of Technology, Student Affairs
The intentionality and accountability that the 1% Challenge provided me was transformative for my mental wellbeing. Every morning I started my day out with a moment of reflection and intention, and it translated to not only my productivity but by lessening my anxiety throughout the weeks. Giving yourself the gift of time each day truly can make an impact in the best of ways, and I would encourage any considering it to take the plunge. UVA participant in the 1% Challenge

What benefits does mindfulness offer?

UVA participants in the 2022 Hoos Well 1% Challenge reported a 21% reduction in perceived stress.


  1. Increased ability to manage stress, anxiety, difficult emotions, and pain 

  2. Enhanced happiness, overall well-being, and life satisfaction

  3. Greater gratitude, patience, kindness, compassion, and connectedness  

  1. Improved ability to watch your experience from a helpful distance, without judgment or reactivity

  2. Improved focus, attention, performance, and ability to expand or change your perspective

  3. Sustained access to your values, intentions, intuition, and deeper wisdom

Small changes lead to huge improvements in clarity and emotional balance. Even 1% of your day-14 minutes-will make a noticeable difference in your overall well-being. Mary Frances Southerland, Chief Administrative Officer, UVA Health


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[The 1% Challenge] helped me deal with the challenges of growing older by promoting a better outlook on life experiences and by improving my coping skills. It's never too late to start a practice of mindfulness! Lori Willy, Senior HR Business Partner
It was calming to take a short time to be still and silent during these sessions. Also, they typically included a focus, so valuable nuggets were shared that you could add to your wellness toolkit, and I really liked that. Linda Leshowitz, Trainer and Instructional Designer, UVA Finance