Health and Wellness Program Ideas Do you know why only 11% of Californians smoke while over 26% of the adults in Kentucky smoke? California has less than half of the smoking rate of Kentucky because California has created a culture and environment that discourages tobacco use. California has made it easier to quit and much harder to smoke than just about any other state. They have created…

The decision to start an employee wellness program requires a substantial commitment of both time and resources. Programs that are started for the right reasons can transform the worksite culture and the very lives of employees and their families. There are a few factors that can predict which programs will thrive and which ones were will fail. Here is a list of questions (predictors) that can be…

  “Yes, every single wellness outcome which has been made public is made up.” “90% of wellness programs being sold to companies are “counterproductive at worse and worthless at best." The Wellness Critics The Wellness Critics Are Bullies These two actual quotes from a wellness critic are so outlandish that they don't even deserve a response from anyone in the wellness industry. And this is just the…

How Wellness Programs Reduce Health Care Costs One of the main reasons worksites adopt wellness programs is to reduce healthcare costs. Today there is more scientific evidence than ever to support the ability of wellness programs to improve employee health, reduce elevated health risks, and reduce healthcare costs. These epidemiology studies use population databases to look at the relationships between health behaviors and subsequent healthcare costs. They…

The Best Wellness Platforms Should Be Able To: 1. Conduct a confidential Personal Health Assessment 2. Educate (videos, books, webinars, biometric results) 3. Track program participation and activity 4. Make engagement easy with a mobile app 5. Track and administer incentives and rewards 6. Demonstrate how to be healthy 7. Provide the tools needed to be healthy 8. Deliver behavior change campaigns and challenges 9. Encourage social support…

Top 25 Corporate Wellness Companies for 2017 Here is the list of the nation's top corporate wellness companies and why they are the best. Throughout the past year WellSteps has been involved in the wellness vendor selection process in work sites in every state.  We've kept track of the corporate wellness companies that provide comprehensive wellness solutions. There are more corporate wellness companies than ever, but this…

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Outcomes-based Wellness Programs All wellness programs are outcomes-based, or at least they should be. The phrase outcomes-based wellness program may be confusing. Most employers start a wellness program to improve employee health, improve employee productivity, or reduce their health care costs. Since every company with a wellness program is trying to produce one of these outcomes, aren't they all outcomes-based wellness programs? When people use the phrase outcomes-based…

4 Ways the Best Employee Wellness Programs Improve Employee Health Behavior change is the key to having a successful wellness program. The best employee wellness programs keep the focus on the need to help employees adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. Behavior change is the key to reducing health risks, reducing the prevalence of chronic disease, and reducing employee related expenses. It is impossible to have good health…

To offer an effective wellness program companies need to provide 3 things: staff that is qualified to plan and administer the program effective behavior change interventions and activities a web-based data platform on which to administer, communicate, and evaluate the program. A few companies do all three. They have trained health promotion or wellness professionals on staff, they create and disseminate scientifically backed wellness programs and activities and…

How to Choose the Best Corporate Wellness Vendors Look for a vendor that: 1. Focuses On Health Behaviors 2. Provides Valid, Independent References 3. Utilizes Benefits-based Incentives 4. Passes the Test of Time 5. Uses Scientific Evidence, Not Just Marketing Pixie Dust 6. Stays Current With Technology and Security 7. Interacts With You and Your Employees 8. Supports Culture Change 9. Offers a Performance Guarantee 10. Customizes…