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Quest offers health assessments, follow-up wellness programs

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New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics is helping its workforce stay healthy by offering free health risk assessments and then following up with wellness programs that help employees address potential problems.

The organization, a provider of diagnostic testing and information, took aim at its own employees in 2005, when it began offering a battery of 30 laboratory tests at no charge to 42,000 domestic employees and their spouses or domestic partners.

Last year, 36,000 employees took part after Quest reduced the cost of biweekly medical plan contributions as an incentive. Participation went up 15%—to more than 80% of employees enrolled in company health plans.

Each participant receives a patient-friendly report that includes test results, a health assessment and a health quotient score.

Employees older than 50 also can opt for tests that detect prostate or colorectal cancer. More than 6,000 signed up for the optional tests last year.

Once they have their test results, employees can sign up for fitness, stress-management, weight-loss and smoking-cessation programs.

Contact: Spokeswoman Barb Short at (973) 520-2800.

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