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Do you have Health and Wellness programs at your company?

I am interested in knowing about various Health and Wellness programs that our members have within their companies. Can anyone share success stories (or lessons learned) while pushing out these programs to employees?

December 11, 2015 @ 11:50 AM EST

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February 02, 2016 @ 13:38
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@hollyisaman @georgettereed @michellewhyte and @lorenaoliveratc ; would you have any thoughts to share on success stories (or lessons learned) while pushing out Health and Wellness programs to employees, to help our member Eric.

January 12, 2016 @ 16:04
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Eric, we have a several wellness initiatives. I'd be happy to share some info. Shoot me a quick email and I can give you more details.

December 28, 2015 @ 16:20
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Tamara Parris

@jamieoneill it would be great to learn more. We would also enjoy reading a comment on what wellness initiatives you have.

December 28, 2015 @ 04:28 PM EST
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Jamie ONeill

@tamaraparris Sure thing! Our most popular program is a Wellness Reimbursement program. For eligible locations, we provide reimbursement of up to $300 per year to use towards fitness programs, equipment, etc. It started out as a company-paid gym membership of $25/month, but then grew to include other items, i.e. smoking cessation, weight loss programs, fitness equipment. For example, an employee might purchase a treadmill for $600. They submit the receipt and the company will reimburse them the $300 max and the employee just pays the difference. Or, the employee may join a gym and the company will pay up to $25/month of the monthly membership cost. Other fitness/wellness items have been approved as well. (We have a Wellness Committee that monitors eligibility and reviews any requests that are questionable). Other wellness programs include the 10,000 Steps Program (we often have internal contests to promote competition among different locatins). We partner with our insurance provider and give pedometers to participants. We have also sponsored weight-loss challenges and healthy eating education programs, also in partnership with our insurance provider. Another very effective initiative has been our Biometric Screenings. We bring medical professionals/technicians into the workplace (office and plants) to do health screens. We typically have pretty high participation and the health professionals will immediately refer anyone that has results that would suggest that they are high risk.

December 28, 2015 @ 04:44 PM EST
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Tamara Parris

That is a great program! I love the reimbursement for equipment - very smart idea.

Your health education programs, I am interested in understanding this better.

Does your company provide employees access to professionals who have the knowledge to discuss a variety of health and well topics? like creating a daily fitness work out plan.

I understood this sponsored program is part of the partnership offerings developed with your insurance provider; is that correct?

December 28, 2015 @ 05:05 PM EST
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Eric Morris

Thanks Jamie! That information was very helpful. At INTELEX, we are committed to addressing all aspects of our clients' employees' health (not just safety) and we are looking for ways to empower our customers to manage their proactive health promotion initiatives (data) better.

Since you mentioned working with your insurance provider, are you at liberty to discuss whether these initiatives (and the reporting around it) have any impact on premiums?

Are there any other measurable benefits you have since the institution of these benefits, like an increase in productivity or a decrease in the number of sick days, etc?

December 30, 2015 @ 10:36 AM EST
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Eric Morris

Hi @jamieoneill , just reaching out to see if you have any feedback?

February 17, 2016 @ 05:07 PM EST
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Eric Morris

Interesting story from the Toronto Star (newspaper) regarding companies restructuring their benefits plan to focus more on wellness.

http://www.thestar.com/business/2016/02/10/canadian-companies-tweaking-h...

February 18, 2016 @ 12:07 PM EST