|As a healthcare organization, if you haven’t already implemented an outcome-based wellness program, or provided one as a service to the business community, now’s the time. Wellness programs are a growing trend among employers—in fact, studies show that 65% of employers that offer health coverage to their employees also offer some type of wellness program. And it makes sense—wellness programs can provide substantial cost-savings. Research shows that for each dollar invested in a wellness initiative, companies can save an average of $3.14.That said, there isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to wellness, and the most successful programs take that into consideration. If you’re looking to take your wellness program to the next level, below are a few ideas that may help.|
Outcome-based wellness programs
Individualized health goals
Work with employees to develop a program that works for them and they will be more likely to stick with it. Perhaps there are some who do best in a group setting. Organize lunchtime walks and provide participants with a pedometer to track their steps. Or, post aerobic class schedules from the nearby gym and encourage people to grab a buddy and pledge to attend. Hold weekly drawings for motivation wellness kits, fitness mats and exercise balls for participants who sign up and keep their commitment.
While physical activity is one of many goals that should be tied to an outcome-based health plan, it is also important to promote good nutrition, water intake, stress reduction and adequate rest. For those who are looking to improve themselves by eating healthier, encourage the development of a meal plan that includes nutritious foods and appropriate portion sizes. Eating healthy should leave one feeling strong and satisfied, not hungry and deprived. Portion plates and bowls can reinforce balanced, healthy eating will provide the nutrients and energy employees need to stay on track with their fitness goals.
And who couldn’t use a little stress reduction? A stress relief keyboard guide serves as a visual reminder to take breaks and illustrates a series of stress-relieving exercises that can be performed just about anywhere.
A wellness program tied to healthy outcomes can improve the bottom line and increase the overall health and wellness of your employees and those you help. But the expected outcomes have to be individualized, encouraging and fair. Tailor plans to each employee’s personal interests, goals and health and everyone wins.
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