8 questions about Renew, answered

Here’s what you should know about this popular health and wellness experience from Renew by UnitedHealthcare® that’s designed for older adults.

Joy Manning
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Your health isn’t fate. You have a lot more control over how you feel day to day than you might think. You can even significantly lower your risk of conditions like heart disease, cancer and diabetes through your lifestyle choices, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Daily decisions about what you eat, how much you move and how you use your brain contribute in a major way to your overall well-being, notes the NIA.

Renew by UnitedHealthcare can help you take those small, daily steps to feel your best and stay well. Renew is a health and wellness experience that empowers you to take charge of your health. It’s your daily habits that create your health and happiness, and Renew can help guide you to the kind of healthy behaviors that will help you reach your full potential. 

It’s a robust tool set, with many options for you to pick and choose from, but you don’t have to dive into everything at once. Here are eight questions about Renew that will help you learn more about the experience and how you can get the most out of it. Then you can decide what you’re going to start with today.   

Question #1: What is Renew?

Renew is a comprehensive health and wellness experience designed to help you feel your best as you get older. It’s about whole-person wellness — body and mind. Renew is full of resources and activities for you to choose from, all made to inspire you to take charge of your health through simple daily actions. 

Some of what’s included at no additional cost:

  • At-home workouts 
  • Brain games 
  • Emotional health resources
  • Healthy recipes
  • Online learning courses
  • Fitness activities
  • Health news, articles and videos
  • Renew rewards (not available on all plans)
  • And so much more

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Question #2: How do I get access to Renew1?

Through most UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans, you automatically have access to everything Renew has to offer. You can get started by signing in or registering to your plan website and clicking on “Health & Wellness.” If you have any questions, you can always call the number on the back of your member ID card to learn more.

Question #3: How can Renew help me stay active?

Once you’re registered and have signed into your plan website, you can try out dozens of home workout videos — everything from cardio to strength training to yoga. Mix them up to make your own exercise routine. Or choose a fun fitness activity to try.

The other way Renew can help you with your fitness goals is with Renew Active™2, a leading Medicare fitness program for body and mind. Renew Active members can enjoy a free membership at a local gym that is selected from a large network of gyms and fitness locations. There, you can do a circuit using the gym’s equipment, or try out their fitness classes. You can also get a personalized fitness plan. You can go on your own time and exercise at your own pace.

With Renew Active, you’ll also get access to an online community from Fitbit® where you can connect with others who share your goals and challenges. You'll also have access to Fitbit Premium™, which includes thousands of workout videos of all levels, guided programs, personalized insights, mindfulness activities and more. No Fitbit is needed.

Get Moving With Renew Active

If your plan includes Renew Active, you’ll enjoy a free gym membership, an online brain health program from AARP® Staying Sharp® and more. The program has something for everyone, at every fitness level. Sign in to your plan website, go to Health & Wellness and look for Renew Active to get started and receive your confirmation code.

Question #4: How does Renew help improve brain health? 

Just like physical exercise keeps your body in shape, mental workouts help keep your mind strong and sharp, according to the NIA. Through Renew, you can play brain games that test your memory power, reaction time and problem-solving skills. And of course, physical activity is great for your brain health, too. 

Renew Active members also get an online brain health program from AARP® Staying Sharp®. This includes a free online brain health assessment.

Question #5: Can Renew help my outlook?

Your overall well-being is closely tied to your emotional health. Members can tap into the power of Renew Positivity, an assortment of resources designed to inspire and help boost your happiness. 

Listen to a variety of music playlists that fit your mood — everything from classic oldies to peaceful meditation songs. Browse and share uplifting photos and positive messages. Or click on inspiring articles and fun activities that provide a welcome dose of motivation and positive thinking. 

Question #6: What are Renew Rewards3

Renew Rewards allow you to earn reward cards when you complete certain health care actions, like tracking your steps, going to your annual physical and wellness visit, getting a flu shot and staying current on your preventive screenings. It’s fun to get rewarded for taking care of yourself.

Question #7: Can Renew help me eat healthier?

Most of us are always trying to eat a little better. Good nutrition can help us feel better and get more out of life, especially as we get older. Through Renew you’ll have access to dozens of recipes, all designed with your well-being in mind. Whatever your favorite foods, these recipes will help inspire you to get in the kitchen. It’s one more step you can take to help improve your health. In fact, people who enjoy more home-cooked meals eat healthier and consume fewer calories than those who cook less, according to a 2017 study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 

Question #8: How can Renew help me learn more about health and wellness topics?

Whether you want to know more about how to limit stress and sleep better or find new ways on how to help manage diabetes, Renew’s online learning courses give you the information you need to help take control of your health. 

Members can explore hundreds of health topics in our online library. For example: Watch a video on heart health, read up on important screenings or download a handy tip sheet on preventing falls. 

You may also receive Renew, a magazine that’s filled with insights and articles around health and wellness information. Issues include celebrity interviews, answers to your health questions, fun games and much more.

Have More Questions About Renew?

If you have questions about your Renew eligibility or program offerings, view your plan details at MyUHCMedicare.com or call the Customer Service number on the back of your member ID card.

1. Renew is not available in all plans. Resources may vary.
2. Renew Active is not available in all plans that offer Renew by UnitedHealthcare. The Renew Active program varies by plan/area and includes standard fitness membership at participating gyms and fitness locations. Renew Active premium gym and fitness location network only available with certain plans. Certain services, classes and events are provided by affiliates of UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company or other third parties not affiliated with UnitedHealthcare. Participation in AARP® Staying Sharp® and the Fitbit® Community for Renew Active is subject to your acceptance of their respective terms and policies. UnitedHealthcare is not responsible for the services or information provided by third parties.
3. Renew Rewards is not available in all plans that offer Renew by UnitedHealthcare. Not all members are eligible for the same rewards. Reward offers are member-specific and based on each individual member’s health care needs.