The intent of the employee wellness program is to encourage healthier lifestyle choices for employees, improve their knowledge and overall health, and ultimately produce changes in employee health that will result in health care cost savings for both the employer and the employee. The alarming trend towards rising health care costs, increased obesity rates and lack of physical activity among both children and adults have spurred the need to find ways to promote healthy lifestyles and control costs. Extensive research and studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of employee wellness programs as a tool for controlling costs. Studies indicate that effective employee wellness programs can save up to three dollars in health care costs for every dollar spent on wellness programs. That being said, there is no one size fits all approach to employee wellness programs. However education and awareness are important first steps in effectuating a change in your employees’ attitude towards health and wellness.
We are now entering year 4 of the funds pilot wellness program.
We are happy to advise:
Year 1 -
44.3 % of the total eligible employees participated in the program.
Year 2 –
44.6 % of the total eligible employees participated in the program with 82 % of all participants completing the program.
48% of the total eligible employees participated in the program with 84% of all participants completing the program.
Components of the program include:
Completing a routine annual physiclal
Complete Bio-metric screening
Nutritional Assessments and counseling
Each year of the program includes different components!
Incentives - a total of $500.00 for participants completing the 3 year program, fit-bits are given to participants
Entities that implement comprehensive wellness programs will experience lower long term cost increases. Wellness is a developing yet key component of the health JIF’s long term cost control strategy.
A simple start to Wellness at Work:
Worksite health promotion is an investment in your most important asset – your employees. While you may already be contributing to your employees’ health and wellness, offering healthy food choices for your employees at the workplace is a great addition to your initiative. Better nutrition is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, and healthier employees can mean increased productivity, reduced sick days and fewer on-the-job accidents. Serving unhealthy food at staff lunches or offering high-fat and sugar-filled choices in vending machines or your employee cafeteria is detrimental to your employees’ health and wellness.
Healthy eating has proven to be an effective tool in slowing the growth of health care costs as well. Choosing healthier food options may reduce an employee’s chances of suffering from obesity-related diseases. While you can’t control what employees choose to eat, you can help steer them in the right direction by providing healthy options.
Consider programs and incentives that can help your employees develop healthy habits and lead a more active lifestyle. Support your wellness initiative by offering encouragement and guidance to employees through social media. The incorporation of social media into a wellness initiative can greatly boost its effectiveness because it provides a way to impact the daily life of employees
Additional information on health and wellness is available upon request.