Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs

Employee Wellness and Health Promotion Programs Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Employees with multiple health risk factors tend to use more health care resources, miss more days of work, and perform at less-than-optimal levels of efficiency and productivity. Well-constructed employee health and wellness programs can be effective in reducing risk factors and improving employee health, resulting in benefits for both employers and employees.

The featured Innovations describe three different programs designed to promote employee health and wellness and reduce health care costs. The programs include an incentive plan offered by the state of Connecticut that improved screening and medication adherence, increased use of primary care services, and reduced specialty and emergency department visits; a multinational health care corporation’s wellness program that significantly reduced risk factors; and a large employer’s comprehensive wellness program that attracted broad participation and reduced overall health care costs.

The featured QualityTools include a Web site that offers interactive tools and evidence-based strategies to design effective worksite obesity prevention and control programs; a scorecard that assesses how evidence-based health promotion strategies are implemented at a worksite; and a toolkit that provides employers guidance on how to implement a smoke-free workplace policy.

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