Quick Start - Your Plan for Health

Quick Start

Faculty & Staff

STARTING January 2, 2018: The first step is to register your account. Use your name.#@osu.edu through single-sign-on to register at join.virginpulse.com/osu.

New in 2018! Second layer of security using BuckeyePass. BuckeyePass service is powered by Duo Security, a proven solution in multi-factor authentication.

Once you have registered your account, you can then download the Virgin Pulse app for Android or iOS and use the password and email address you set up during the registration process. The app does not currently allow for single-sign-on so you will need to create a unique password/username combination during the portal registration process to be able to utilize the app.

You can begin earning points just for setting up your account, setting goals and adding friends. To learn how to set up your account and what points area available go here for the full list or see highlights below.

Points Activity
200 points Connect activity device (e.g. Fitbit, Garmin, iWatch, etc.)
100 points Upload a profile picture
100 points Add five friends (co-workers)
100 points Use mobile app for 1st time
100 points Set a well-being goal
300 points Complete Tobacco Free Agreement
250 points Set your nutrition profile
Earn a Premium Credit

Completing your Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) furthur customizes your experience in the Virgin Pulse program. Based on your PHA results, Virgin Pulse will tailor specific programs to you and customize your experience based on your goals.

By annually completing the PHA as well as completing a verified biometric screening, enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical plan contributions by $20 per month and enrolled spouse/same-sex domestic partner can earn an additional $10 per month.

Earn Points

During the program year (January through December), participants have many opportunities to earn points every day, which can quickly accumulate to help you complete up to four incentive levels.

Earn Rewards

As you advance through the incentive levels, you earn rewards. If you’re enrolled in an Ohio State medical plan, you can earn premium credit, Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) credits and PulseCash. Employees who are eligible for Ohio State benefits but not enrolled in an Ohio State medical plan can earn PulseCash.

Spouse/Same-Sex Domestic Partner

Please note: Ohio State employees CAN NOT complete any of the registration steps or enter information in the Virgin Pulse portal/app on behalf of their spouse/same-sex domestic partner. 

Ohio State Employees: Go to Step 2, you are already registered via Single Sign On

Non-OSU Employees: If you are a returning spouse/SSDP, with a YP4H account proceed to step 2. If you have never used YP4H prior to 2018, Register with LinktoHealth.

  • Go to linktohealth.osu.edu
  • Select “New User Registration”
  • You will need your medical card, insurance id number, date of birth to register.
  • After you complete registration you will be able to use “Returning User” when prompted

BuckeyePass is a multifactor authentication service that provides a second layer of security to your account.  In order to authenticate, it requires something you know (your password) and something you have (a mobile device or phone). Our BuckeyePass service is powered by Duo Security, a proven solution in multifactor authentication.  OSU employees will utilize their already set up BuckeyePass accounts and Non-OSU employees will set up a new account with DUO security.

OSU Employees: Visit BuckeyePass.osu.edu  to enroll/manage your account.  OSU employees use single-sign-on (name.#@osu.edu) to activate your BuckeyePass access to VirginPulse.

Non-OSU Employees: To utilize the new Duo Security system you will need to first register to do so. When registering, please do so from a laptop or desktop computer. This guide will walk you through the process.  Start by visiting the LinkToHealth site to register or log in.

OSU Employees: You can use your name.#@osu.edu through single-sign-on to register at join.virginpulse.com/osu.

Non-OSU Employees: Use the email address and password you created through LinkToHealth and register at virginpulse.com/osu.

Once you have activated your VirginPulse account, you can then download the Virgin Pulse app for Android or iOS and use the password and email address you set up during the registration process.

Completing your Personal Health and Well-being Assessment (PHA) further customizes your experience in the Virgin Pulse program. Based on your PHA results, Virgin Pulse will tailor specific programs to you and customize your experience based on your goals.

By annually completing the PHA as well as completing a verified biometric screening, enrolled employees can reduce the cost of their medical contributions by $20 per month and enrolled spouse/same-sex domestic partner can earn an additional $10 per month.

During the program year (January through December), participants have many opportunities to earn points every day, which can quickly accumulate to help you complete up to four incentive levels.

As you advance through the incentive levels, you earn rewards.  If you’re enrolled in an Ohio State medical plan, you can earn premium credit, Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) credits and PulseCash.