|By Sadowski, Michael|
Many midstate employers are being more aggressive in their wellness programs for employees, using personal deliveries, large events and even significant financial incentives to improve employee health.
Improved workplace wellness cuts employer health care expenses, said
"For me, it's about having a responsibility to each employee," she said.
Events and services
It will feature health information and screenings, demonstrations and competitions for children and adults. Capital BlueCross is paying for the event, Dry said.
"It's one of the ways we can get the most attention for what we're trying to do when it comes to wellness," she said.
The county also offers financial incentives for gym visits. County employees who visit the gym 52 times in a six-month period receive
The incentive is meant to offset the cost of a gym or fitness membership.
The county pays about
The company just offered prizes totaling
"To offer incentives of that size for making incremental changes that improve co-worker health takes significant effort, yet High does so because it is exactly those small changes that add up to profound gains in health and productivity as well as lower health claims," said company spokesman
Of the 7,000 employees in the system, about 4,600 participate in its wellness programs. All employees who participate in a January health screening receive a
Those who don't meet the health standards are given personal coaching, and if they can meet them later in the year, they receive the
An enrollment in the company's wellness program is worth
"There is the idea that this is a 'Big Brother' kind of thing to check up on employee health," Hess said. "It's not. Part of
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