Set your 2024 wellness goals

Setting wellness goals is important for personal growth and overall well-being. Wellness goals give you purpose and help you prioritize your health. Addressing your wellness goals should leave you feeling happier, healthier and more fulfilled. 

Achieving your wellness goals can be easier when you do it with friends. Getting healthier with others can have a positive effect on your health habits and create opportunities to connect with people.   

Here are a few benefits for exercising with a friend:  

  1. It’s more fun exercising with a friend. You are less likely to get bored when you have a workout buddy. 
  2. You can build new friendships. Exercising with someone you don’t know well provides an opportunity to build a new friendship. 
  3. You are more likely to succeed in your goal. Having someone to motivate you can make all the difference in achieving your goal.  

Virgin Pulse, Vanderbilt’s wellness platform, offers various options to help you achieve your wellness goals while connecting with others.  

  • Challenges: These are a great way to add a healthy dose of friendly competition to wellness. Challenges will encourage you and your colleagues to use the program daily and help you achieve your wellness goals over the long term—all while having fun! 
  • Family & Friends: You can extend your community by inviting up to 10 friends or family members. 
  • Social Groups: You can create and join groups based on interests to build social connections, share achievements and more. 
  • Shout-outs: You can recognize other employees, show your appreciation and encourage others to achieve their goals.  

Get ready for the next team challenge and earn points! 

Bridges Around the World: Feb. 12–26 

Bridges can inspire. They can also make you a little dizzy. On this challenge, you will visit some of the tallest, longest, most iconic bridges in the world. Join others on your survey of some of the world’s most amazing bridges and earn up to 400 points. 

Create your five-player team and travel across the virtual world by unlocking destinations with your team’s step score.  

Points received for: 

  • Unlocking a destination (25 points) 
  • Posting a chat comment at least once a week for all weeks of the challenge (50 points) 
  • Creating a team and recruiting enough players (50 points) 
  • Reaching the final destination (400 points) 

Go to Social > Challenges 

Click the Join In, and you will be prompted to create your own team or join one of the teams already created. 

Virgin Pulse is available to all benefits-eligible employees regardless of their enrollment in Vanderbilt benefits.  

Sign up today at or calling 888-671-9395.  

Visit the Office of Health and Wellness website for FAQs or email for member inquiries.