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Q&A: Employee Assistance Services

Answers are provided by The Bredeson Group LLC

Wellness Program Examples

(Posted December 12, 2000)

Question 4: I would like examples of wellness programs other companies are using.

Answer: The term "wellness" or "health promotion" program can mean any number of initiatives designed to keep employees healthy by promoting healthy lifestyles. The most common core program offerings are:

  • Physical fitness and exercise (with or without exercise facilities)
  • Smoking cessation
  • Stress management
  • Weight management
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) screening and education

Increasingly, health promotion programs have become more involved with organizational health and productivity goals, and consumer health issues. As a result a number of other programs and initiatives have become more prevalent:
  • Medical self-care (“live”, print and on-line decision support regarding medical problems, including when they can be treated at home, and when a physician’s advise should be sought)
  • Consumer health education (how to interact with health care providers and how to navigate the health care delivery system and managed care)
  • Alcohol/drug abuse prevention
  • Cholesterol and other health care testing
  • Back injury prevention
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Health risk appraisals and wellness testing (usually includes a health habits questionnaire (usually computer scored), and often includes a battery of fitness tests (e.g., cardiovascular fitness; flexibility; percentage body fat; abdominal strength; weight) and medical tests (blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides).
  • Cancer screening and prevention
  • Flu shots and other health screening
  • Work station design and exercises
  • CPR and first aid training; first responder programs

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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