My employer has a program in place called WellConnected. This program is available to everyone who is covered under the medical insurance, including spouses. It is designed to employees and their families focus on healthier habits and wellness. They have various courses you can take part in such as Choose to Lose and Achieve a Healthier Weight, My Heart Health and Understanding Nutrition Labels.
We are encouraged to take part in the program with a $50 quarterly “bonus” in our paycheck as well as randomly-drawn prizes. The nice part is that spouses taking part also get entered for prizes and we will received $50 for them taking part as well.
The first step is to take a health assessment, after which the program recommends courses and such for you to take part in. I scored a 90 on my health assessment, which is in the excellent range. Oh yeah! The assessment recommended I focus on my weight, physical activity level and stress for areas that i could improve on.
I don’t place too much stock in the health assessment since it was just a questionnaire you fill out on the website but I do think that the idea of this WellConnected program is a good one! I’ve never worked some place where they encouraged their employees to develop healthy habits like this and actually rewarded them monetarily for taking part. I think it’s great that some places have programs like this in place!
Does your employer have any kind of program to encourage employees and spouses to develop healthier habits?