by Judy Bevis Langevin, Esq.
If your organization doesn’t have ain place yet, you may feel as if you’re behind the curve. Most employers have thought about implementing a wellness program, and many have been encouraged to do so by consultants who promise that a good wellness program will lower health care costs and increase productivity.
There is, of course, lots of scientific support for the notion that lifestyle choices—smoking, diet, exercise, stress—as well as health screening and disease management can have a big impact on employees’ health and on the cost of insurance.
Health incentives help
With that in mind, employers have tried various wellness strategies:
- Smoking-cessation, weight-loss and exercise programs
- Health club membership reimbursement
- Incentives to obtain health screening
- Incentives to participate in programs to manage chronic illness.
Some employers have instituted program...(register to read more)