Your Vitality Age is a good indicator of how healthy you are in relation to your actual age. You’ll need to fill in a questionnaire that’ll measure all aspects of your wellness, including exercise, nutrition, and stress. The sections in the questionnaire cover everything — yours and your family’s medical history, your key measurements ( have a measuring tape and scale handy), your smoking status, alcohol intake and eating habits, productivity, stress levels, as well as physical and other activity levels. Be as accurate (and honest) as possible.
Points earned: 2 500 Vitality points.
Tip: You can also activate the HealthyFood Benefit and receive up to 15% back on HealthyFood bought at Pick n Pay or Woolworths when you discover your Vitality Age.
Discovery offers a number of assessments to determine how healthy and fit you are. The more steps you take to understand and improve your health, the more points you earn. Assessments you can do include:
Vitality Health Check
This is made up of five measures – blood pressure, blood glucose, cholesterol, a BMI assessment which includes weight, height, and waist circumference, and signing a non-smokers declaration.
Points earned: Up to 20 000 Vitality points depending on how many results are in range.
Vitality Fitness Assessment
This measures your fitness level and is made up of two parts – your cardiovascular fitness level and your strength and flexibility. After this assessment, a bio-kineticist will inform you what you need to focus on to get stronger and fitter.
Points earned: 2 500 Vitality points and up to an additional 5 000 Vitality points depending on your fitness level.
Vitality High-Performance Fitness Assessment
For athletes among you who take part in sports regularly, this assessment will test your physical fitness and endurance using a maximal test. Before you do this assessment, you may need clearance from your doctor.
Points earned: A bonus of up to 10 000 Vitality points on top of the points earned from the fitness assessment.
Earn more Vitality points by going to your doctor or specialist for in-depth health checks to ensure that you’re fit, healthy, and on top of your game. Health checks that will earn you points include:
There are also additional screenings and vaccinations for Discovery members 60 years and older to earn more points, including vision tests, flu vaccinations, shingles vaccinations and pneumococcal vaccinations.
Along with a healthy lifestyle comes healthy eating. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Do these three things to maintain your diet and earn Vitality points at the same time:
HealthyFood – activate the HealthyFood benefit and get up to 25% cash back on plenty of HealthyFood items at Pick n Pay or Woolworths.
Points earned: 20 Vitality points for every HealthyFood item you buy. Up to a max of 1 000 points a month.
Weight Watchers SA – get 30% off the Weight Watchers SA joining fee through Vitality regardless of your status.
Points earned: Up to 3 000 Vitality points a year
Go to a dietitian – need a little assistance with starting a healthier diet or maintaining it? Go to your nearest dietitian.
Points earned: 1 000 Vitality points
Being active is a great way to earn Vitality Fitness points to help you get to gold Vitality status. You can earn points for tracking between 5 000 and 9 999 steps throughout the day or by doing a 30-minute workout maintaining a 60-69% age-related heart rate. You can also earn more points by taking part in timed or verified race events like parkruns, Run/Walk For Life, playing a round of golf, or taking part in a cycle race. The possibilities are endless!
Points earned: Between 50 – 3 000 Vitality points depending on the activity or event.
To keep track of your level of activity throughout the day, you can link the following fitness devices and apps to your Vitality membership: