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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
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