“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…

outcomes based wellness

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…

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…

In an effort to better control health care costs, brokers and consultants are advising groups to start wellness programs.  They preach the message of wellness as a successful cost containment strategy.  Though brokers talk about wellness, they rarely participate in wellness. Here is a case study of how a small brokerage firm began it's own wellness program, improved employee health, and gained new business. Brokers gain a lot…

Boise School District Receives C. Everett Koop National Health Award as the Best Wellness Program in America WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is wide variability in the quality of workplace wellness efforts and not every health promotion program delivers on the promise to improve employee well-being and organizational outcomes. To drive positive changes in health behavior and reduce avoidable costs, these programs must be based…

Wellness VOI

These days there is a lot of talk about wellness ROI (return on investment) vs VOI (value on investment) of wellness programs. Some have suggested that wellness ROI is no longer important and that all wellness outcomes should be measured in terms of value.  To understand what wellness VOI really is we have to consider all of the reasons that companies do wellness programs in the first…

How the Best Worksite Wellness Programs Change Behavior Behavior change is the key to having a successful wellness program. The best worksite 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 unless you…