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Promoting Workplace Wellness

A recent poll stated that approximately 41% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions.  In that same poll the number one New Year’s resolution for 2017 was to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.  These numbers show that your team members are conscious about their health.  So how do you turn resolutions into habits?

This is the perfect time of year to introduce or reinvent your company Wellness Program.  Employee wellness is often seen as a personal issue, but there tangible benefits for businesses to promote health and wellness.   U.S. healthcare costs are predicted to rise 6.5% in 2017 and cost sharing between businesses and employees continues to accelerate.

Wellness Programs can contribute to lower healthcare costs, reduce absenteeism and decrease workers compensations claims.  Research shows that employees who take part in Wellness Programs are more engaged and more productive.  Here are a few ideas your business can use to create excitement and promote healthy lifestyles.

Host a Wellness Expo

An event dedicated to understanding employee benefits and healthy living creates excitement and comradery.  Make sure to promote the event with fun, consistent messaging that explains event activities and overall goals of the expo.  Here are some activities to include in your plan:

·         Cooking Demos

·         Wellness Challenges

·         Interactive Fitness Sessions

·         Biometric Screenings & Flu Shots

·         Raffles

·         Health food snack giveaways

·         “Wear your work out wear to the office” day

Create a Wellness Rewards Program

Creating a wellness rewards program is another great way to promote healthy living.  The idea is simple: incentivize your employees for healthy lifestyle choices.   Set up wellness benchmarks, ask employees to track participation and when a certain threshold is met, they receive a wellness incentive. Offer monetary rewards or reduction in insurance premiums for completing preventative care screenings, biometric exams or completing tobacco cessation programs.   Create a program to promote and track fitness or wellness activities and offer rewards at different levels. For example complete four activities, get a T-shirt, at eight activities a gym bag, and be entered into a grand prize raffle at twelve activities.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

·         Participate in an organized walking, running, or cycling event

·         Get a flu shot or give blood

·         Have your teeth cleaned

·         Coach a youth sports team

·         Participate on a sports team: softball, basketball, kickball

·         Go to an aerobics class or work out at a gym

·         Go for a hike or walk

·         Eat balanced, healthy meals for 1 week and keep a food diary

Partner with Health Experts

Identify non-profit health organizations in your community to share health information.  Organizations like the American Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Diabetes Foundation have downloadable toolkits, information sheets and other resources available at no cost. Invite a speaker to a lunch and learn at your business or participate in a fundraising event.

How does your company promote Wellness?  Please share your ideas and suggestions with me: ben.clayton@insight-communication.com

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