Workplace Health and Wellness - Easy Answers for Big Benefits
The idea for Workplace Wellness programs stemmed from several different experiences, decades ago. Not only did companies want to reduce healthcare expenses they were compensating for employees, but many forward thinking companies wanted to make the work space a more inviting and relaxing environment for their employees as well.
There are different levels of Workplace Wellness programs. One level is offering basic services and referrals online. The Internet permits access to major sources of information, but many people are confused about what information is reliable and where to find specific information resources. Online Workplace Wellness programs can be set up to allow employees access to certain types of pre-screened information that is reliable and easy to find.
In addition to internet based tools, many Workplace Wellness programs can tailor resources and data to each employee. Treating each employee and their concerns sensitively and in a timely manner, can help them see the importance of their health issues as well. Just because an individual has diabetes does not mean they have all the most up-to-date information on how to best live with diabetes. Oftentimes, diet and exercise alone can control diabetes and eliminate the need for medication or more invasive treatments.
Workplace Wellness programs are most successful when the business and workers are fully engaged in the program with good health in mind. A successful workplace isn’t about the bottom line alone. It also means creating a safe and healthy workplace for each individual.
By starting a Workplace Wellness program, companies are able to improve the overall productivity and are able to save money on health care expenses. Often, companies are concerned about the actual wellness ROI (return on investment) but the fact is that by encouraging healthier lifestyles, companies are creating healthier employees who will work more diligently and miss fewer days of work due to illness.
Although businesses may establish a comprehensive Workplace Wellness program with many options, an incentive Workplace Wellness program is often necessary for encourage employees to actually participate in the programs.
Whether one is creating workplace wellness in New York City or in a small-town Ohio, the issue that companies often have in common, is the lack of motivation of employees to actually participate in workplace wellness programs. Providing incentives for employees, such as a free lunch or gift cards, may be simple enough rewards to encourage employees to participate in workplace wellness.
Wellness in the workplace has been studied quite extensively in the last 10-15 years with the ROI (return on investment) shown to be from $3 to $6 dollars per dollar spent. The evidence is fairly solid, and yet there are many American companies that have not embraced this change and for most, we believe it is simply a matter of business owners working too many hours to take the time to embrace wellness initiatives. As we all know, time is money....but we would like to the opportunity to show you that "health" is money too, and how we can help you achieve a ROI that makes sense for your company, no matter the size.
Consider these facts:
People who are 20% overweight or more make 48% more claims in excess of $5000 than those who are not.
Smokers have 25% more hospital days and 29% more claims over $5000 than non-smokers.
76% of deaths relate to lifestyle behaviors such as diet, smoking and alcohol abuse.
70% of injuries and illnesses—and their related costs—can be prevented by improving lifestyle behavior.
About 20% of your plan participants typically account for as much as 80% of medical claims costs.
Almost 50% of your after-tax profits can be consumed by healthcare costs.
(Vanderbilt Health and Wellness)
Why Workplace Wellness?
Workplace Wellness initiatives have show that they can:
1. Reduce healthcare costs an average of 26%
2. Reduce the incidence of sick/absenteeism an average of 28%
3. Reduce workers compensation claims an average of 30%
4. Reduce employee turnover rates and associated costs an average 29%
5. Increase productivity by reducing "presentism" - being present at work, but not producing
6. Increase the ability to recruit/retain the best candidates and employees
7. Increase employee morale and self-efficacy and thus increase productivity and well-being in the workplace.
> On average, employers experience a $3.50/$1.00 savings to cost ratio or ROI (Return on Investment).
1. Reduce the risk of acute and chronic diseases - diabetes, coronary artery disease, cancer and many more
2. Reduce employee health care costs
3. Increase quality of life via reductions in acute and chronic disease
4. Increase quality of life via increase workplace morale and personal well-being
5. Increase self-efficacy leading to and increase in job performance and advancement
How Does Workplace Wellness Work?
Workplace Wellness is a process that identifies and then helps modify or eliminate health risk factors and poor lifestyle habits. The process typically involves two levels of intervention:
1. Primary Care Physician Groups
a. Full physicals
b. Blood panels
2. SolutionsInFitness Health Professionals
a. Health History and Health Risk Assessment
b. Nutrition Eductaion, Counseling and Planning
c. Fitness Education, Counseling and Instruction
d. Motivation and Adherence to Program Parameters
What are the Risk Factors and Lifestyle Choices?
The modification of nutrition intake profiles and the addition of exercise and activity can help reduce the eight risk factor areas that contribute most to chronic disease:
3. High Blood Pressure
5. High blood glucose
6. High serum cholesterol
7. High stress
1. Determinants of Participation in Worksite Health Promotion Programs: A Systematic Review - Robroek, van Lenthe, van Empelen and Burdoff, Department of Public Health, Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands via International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2009.6:26.
2. The Health and Cost Benefits of Work Site Health-Promotion Programs - Ron Z. Goetzel and Ronald J. Ozminkowski, Department of Health and Productivity Research, Thomson Healthcare, Washington, D.C. via The Annual Review of Public Health 2008.29:303-23.
3. Barriers to Participation in Worksite Wellness Programs - Person, Colby, Bulova and Eubanks, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, East Carolina University, Greenville via Nutrition Research and Practice 2010;4(2):149-154.
4. Using Theory to Understand the Multiple Determinants of Low Participation in Worksite Health Promotion Programs - Laura Linnan, University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health, Chapel Hill; Gloria Sorensen and Karen Emmons, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; Graham Colditz, Harvard Medical School, Boston; Neil Klar, Department of Biostatistics, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston via Health Education and Behavior 2001 28:591.
The Menu Options - Getting to the Point!
For any company, regardless of size, the following options are available through SolutionsInFitness Personal Training: See Health and Wellness Series + Gym Membership + Personal Training, below.
1. Individual Health History
2. Individual Health Risk Assessment that includes resting heart rate and blood pressure
2. Individual Fitness Assessment - cardiovascular, muscular endurance, muscular strength and range of motion/flexibility
3. Individual Measurements - body weight, body fat percentage, anthropometric measurements
4. Individual nutrition education and modifications via myfitnesspal.com
For any company, regardless of size, local Primary Care Physicians Groups can provide the following options:
1. Individual health physicals to reveal: overweight/obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking, high stress and depression
2. Blood panels to detect high blood sugar and/or high serum cholesterol. This testing process can also reveal abnormalities that can point to the presence of any number of chronic diseases that can be halted or slowed by diet, exercise and/or medications.
Pricing varies on the level of service provided.
Lunch and Learn - Free!
We are more than happy to join your group for a Lunch and Learn session and can speak on any number of topics that are important to you or simply provide a question and answer format to generate discussion among group members around topics that they have an interest in knowing more about. We have found this to be a relaxing and fun way for people to learn more about what we do and this exposure to the population we serve is priceless to our business model of helping others first, above all things.
Call us to schedule a Lunch and Learn - Ken Hughes - 615-394-9194 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Health and Wellness Series
4 Meetings in 4 Weeks - each meeting lasts approximately one hour and is presented via Power Point. Each participant will have a SolutionsInFitnesss workbook so that they can start working on modifications and changes to their lifestyle and access to our web-based Clients Only section for training routines and other information. Only Workplace Wellness and personal training clients have access to this ever expanding knowledge base!
Meeting #1 - Weight Loss America - Why It's Not Working
Meeting #2 - Nutrition and Weight Loss - Focusing on What You Can Do - It's the Little Things....That Make the Big Difference
Meeting #3 - Exercise and Activity - Winning the Battle of Consistency
Meeting #4 - Health-Wellness-Fitness - Bringing Everything Together with SMART Goal Setting
Price is $250.00
Health and Wellness Series + HG Fitness Gym Membership
$250.00 + for each person, $19.99/month for a 12 month corporate membership (couples and family rates are also available).
Health and Wellness Series + HG Membership + Personal Training
All of the above + the option of doing small group personal training or individual personal training:
Small Group Training - 2, 30 minute sessions per week, (8 week minimum)=$100/person per 4 weeks, minimum of 4 people per group.
Individual Personal Training - 2, 30 minute sessions per week, (8 week minimum)=$240/person per 4 weeks.
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