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Employee Benefits and Wellness Programs

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Health improvement programs, which use a variety of techniques to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining optimal health are increasingly being introduced by employers as an employee benefit. Health improvement programs include wellness/prevention programs, population health improvement, population-based disease management, high risk disease management and case management. Health improvement programs initiatives focus on promoting healthy lifestyles among employees by targeting the risks that result from poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, excessive stress, tobacco use and other unhealthy habits. These risk factors can lead to expensive chronic diseases and health issues that also affect workforce productivity, absence from work, safety and employee morale.
Promoting health and preventing disease is everybody’s business. In order to achieve their potential of containing health care cost trend, today's health promotion programs require intelligent program design, ongoing measurement and refinement, attention to the uniqueness of each company's culture and effective incentives that motivate lifestyle changes and improve the health of individuals and the employee population as a whole. Creating and maintaining a healthy workplace culture can accomplish a number of goals for an employer. For starters, by showing real rather than token support for healthy choices, employers and management can greatly increase employee participation in wellness programs. Increased engagement leads to greater potential for lasting health behavior change, as well as encouraging even more employees to get involved. Employees who make positive changes in their lifestyles are likely to be healthier, more productive and happier.
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Health improvement programs, which use a variety of techniques to assist individuals in achieving and maintaining optimal health, are increasingly being introduced by employers as an employee benefit. Many...

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