Presentation on theme: "Engaging Employees Around Health and Wellness: Current Trends"— Presentation transcript:
1 Engaging Employees Around Health and Wellness: Current Trends Presented by:Julie Sich MS, ATCSumma Care Health Promotions CoordinatorTransmitted by:Sir David Ochieng’President Sir David Ochieng Foundation
2 Agenda Why Employee Health and Wellness is important Current Health and Wellness TrendsWorksite Wellness Case StudyLimitations/Barriers to Worksite WellnessSmall Steps to a Wellness Program
5 Why Employee Health and Wellness Is Important Many of the health concerns that face Americans today are preventable or manageable.Two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and almost one-third are obese. The cost of being overweight or obese is estimated to reach $117 billion in direct and indirect costs.75% of employers’ health care costs and productivity losses are related to employee lifestyle choices.Healthy People 2010 provides a framework for prevention for the Nation. They focus on national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats. Healthy People 2010 challenges individuals, communities, and professionals to take specific steps to ensure that good health, as well as long life, are enjoyed by all.
6 Obesity Trends Among U.S. Adults (BMI > 30) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey BRFSS
7 Poor Behaviors Impact Health Care Costs Sedentary LivingOtherPoor DietObesityTobacco
8 Lifestyle Choices Lead to Chronic Disease Nurses Health Study (NHS) how behaviors effect incidence of chronic disease.
9 Current Health and Wellness Trends Telephonic Wellness CoachingExerciseNutritionWeight lossIncentives to increase participation in wellness programsCash/giftsPremium ReductionNon-cash giftsDisincentives to drive healthy behaviorsPremium IncreaseCo-pay IncreasesReduced Benefits
10 Current Health and Wellness Trends (continued) Worksite walking programsFree measurements of worksite by the American Heart AssociationWorksite exercise facilitiesMostly at larger self funded companiesWorksite weight loss programsWeight WatchersEmployee supported programs
11 Current Health and Wellness Trends (continued) Worksite Biometric Screenings and Preventive ServicesBlood Pressure, BMI, Cholesterol, Nicotine, Flu vaccine, Mobile Mammograms, PSAEmphasis on Sustainable Lifestyle and Behavior ChangesNo longer short fix (quick diet or exercise jag)Focus on Self Care (HRA - survey)Educating employees to recognize, prevent, treat, and manage health problems on his or her own before seeking medical attention.
12 Medical Self-care Facts Approximately 60% of emergency visits are clinically inappropriate.Approximately 30% of physician office visits are not clinically necessary.Approximately 25% of prescribed medications are not necessary.Only 45% of patients comply with the medical advice they receive.~Larry Chapman, Wise Health/Sr VP WebMD
13 Engagement Strategies Every contact (mail, telephonic, electronic) reinforces availability for:MemberProviderOnline push content to member based on health risk assessmentTargeted campaigns throughout the year reinforce preventive care, chronic disease self managementIncentive support and fulfillment to support employer strategies
14 Worksite Wellness Case Study (3 Year Program, over 150 employees, factory and office workers) Wellness Program:Annual Biometric ScreeningsCompletion of Online Health Risk AppraisalCompliant with Preventive Health ExamsTobacco\Nicotine FreeParticipation in worksite wellness eventsHealth FairWellness LecturesOrganized ProgramsLunch WalksCommunity EventsWeight Loss ChallengeVegetable Garden
15 Worksite Wellness Case Study (Results) The average weight for men and women decreased each year with an average weight loss of 17 pounds per male employee and 9 pounds per female employee.The average BMI for men is 26 and women is 27. While this is still higher then the recommended Body Mass Index of 18.5 to 25 they have decreased their overall BMI on average by 2 points over the past 3 years.The average Total Cholesterol for both men and women has decreased by 11 points and is within normal limits.The average LDL (bad) for both men and women has decreased by 7 points and is within normal limits.The average HDL (good) for both men and women has increased by 9 points and is within normal limits.The average Blood Pressure for both men and women decreased by 3 points and is within normal limits.
16 Limitations/Barriers of Worksite Wellness Lack of senior level support of an employee health and wellness program.Employers question why they should pay/use company time for employee wellness.Companies do not have a clear health and wellness goal tied into their strategic plans.Lack of reliable ROI to demonstrate program success as it relates to health care savings and productivity.
17 Benchmark Wellness Program with Healthy People 2020 Goals