Health and Wellness

What is Wellness?

Wellness is a dynamic level of functioning to achieve maximum potential.

There are eight dimensions of wellness. When someone is achieving wellness in each of these areas, they are living a balanced and productive life.  When one area suffers, all the dimensions begin to crumble and disharmony begins.  All dimensions are equally important and integral for total wellbeing.

  • Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  • Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant surroundings/environments that support wellbeing
  • Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  • Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  • Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s vocation
  • Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy food, and rest
  • Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  • Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

The Health and Wellness content herein is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to supplant health care from a licensed physician. Premier Risk Management (“PRM”) makes no promises or guarantees associated with any health practice, exercise regimen, dietary suggestions, or statistic referenced herein. PRM does not necessarily endorse, and is not responsible for, any third-party content that may be accessed through this website. You should consult your doctor or healthcare provider before adopting any program and for any medical conditions you may have. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. Viewers of this content assume all risks associated with any choices he or she makes concerning his or her lifestyle, diet, exercise, or medication.

Wellness Programs at the Worksite are Proactive—Not Reactive

Successful business leaders understand that taking a reactive approach to safety is not financially smart.  They may offer occupational health and safety training for the worksite, but there is more to the equation.

A proactive workforce strategy combining preventative efforts with non-traditional wellness programs will:

  • Improve employee health
  • Reduce medical plan costs
  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce absenteeism
  • Reduce workers comp claims

According to Condon & Edwards, Professional Safety (March 2018), employers can establish new benchmarks to design programs specific to their workforce requirements. Inclusive health programs provide businesses more direct opportunities to inform staff regarding lifestyle choices, thereby impacting their total healthcare and workers compensation expenses.

Wellness Programs Improve Employee Health Behaviors

The core of every good wellness program is behavior change. With the right education, skills, motivation and support, people will change behaviors.  Wellness programs are great at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.  This is possibly the biggest benefit of having a wellness program!

Healthy behaviors lead to lower health risks, and lower health risks lead to less chronic disease.  With less chronic disease, employees have fewer health care expenses.  It looks like this:

Anyone can adopt healthy behaviors for a few days or weeks, but the key to reaping significant benefits is committing to a true lifestyle change and sticking to it for years. If people are inconsistent with their healthy behaviors, they simply won’t achieve the desired results.

The majority of wellness studies show that employees engaged in a health and wellness program demonstrate an overall healthier lifestyle. They get more physical exercise, smoke less, eat healthier foods and smaller portions, don’t drink alcohol in excess, and have an easier time managing their stress. Worksite wellness programs can help ease depression and anxiety as well as improve satisfaction with life.

Wellness Programs Reduce Elevated Health Risks

Elevations in blood glucose, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol are almost always attributed to an unhealthy diet and/or lack of physical activity.  Exercising and eating are fundamental behaviors that impact health risks.

Reducing these risk levels is crucial to maintaining health and wellness. The New England Journal of Medicine stated that for every 1% drop in total cholesterol, the risk of having a heart attack drops by 2 to 3%. For every one point drop in elevated diastolic blood pressure, there is another 2-3% drop in heart disease risk.

Keeping health risks at a minimum is the foundation of good health, and wellness programs are a great way to help employees and their spouses avoid elevated health risks.

Wellness Programs Improve Productivity

Presenteeism can be defined as being physically present at work but not actively working. It is estimated that the cost associated with presenteeism due to poor health is at least two to three times greater than direct health care expenses. 

There are many possible reasons for decreased employee productivity: they may not know how to use the necessary equipment, they may not know what they are doing, they may be distracted by other employees, they may be physically tired, they may be depressed, or they may be squandering time on social media.  However, the primary cause of presenteeism is ill health. New workplace wellness statistics are shown in recent research published by the Journal Population Health Management.

The bar graph above displays increased levels of high presenteeism among employees who smoke, do not eat healthy, or do not exercise regularly. Poor health behaviors eventually lead to elevated health risks and chronic diseases. Smokers were 28% more likely to demonstrate high presenteeism levels than non-smokers. (Think about how many “breaks” smokers are taking away from their tasks compared to non-smokers.) Employees with an unhealthy diet were 66% more likely to demonstrate high presenteeism levels than those who regularly maintain a balanced, healthy nutrition intake. Employees who engage in lower levels of physical activity were 50% more likely to demonstrate high presenteeism levels than employees who exercise regularly. These findings validate the reality that poor health behaviors are closely associated with high levels of presenteeism. (WELCOA, 2018)

Looking at the bar graph below from a RAND survey (2018), you can see that employees who suffer from neck/back pain are 79% more likely to demonstrate high presenteeism levels than employees who do not have neck/back pain. The figure below also shows how health risks such as excess body weight, elevated blood pressure, and high cholesterol lead to increased levels of presenteeism.

The other health conditions in this figure further paint the presenteeism picture: the presence of risk factors, pain, and chronic disease—especially chronic depression—dramatically increase the odds of exhibiting high presenteeism rates.

These results confirm several ideas about the benefits of wellness.  Presenteeism is associated with poor health behaviors as well as elevated health risks and the presence of chronic disease. Wellness programs that focus on helping employees improve their health behaviors will have a positive impact on productivity.

Wellness Programs Reduce Health Care Costs

Comprehensive worksite wellness programs that improve employee behaviors will see a reduction in healthcare costs. They typically find that the savings from program participation will be greater than the actual cost of the program. Almost every one of these return-on-investment studies shows a positive ROI. Researchers from Harvard recently published another summary of the wellness ROI research. Among the 22 different studies that looked at wellness programs and their relationship to healthcare costs, the average return on investment was $3.27. This means that for every dollar that was spent on the program, the business saved $3.27 because of reduced healthcare costs. (WELCOA, 2018).

Wellness Programs Can Decrease Absenteeism

There is an extensive amount of documented research examining the connections between worksite wellness programs and reduced absenteeism (physical absence). Worksites with comprehensive and custom wellness programs can experience reduced absenteeism for a variety of reasons:

  • ‍Employees who can control their stress exhibit lower absenteeism rates
  • Employees with healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels exhibit lower absenteeism rates
  • Employees with good health behaviors exhibit lower absenteeism rates
  • Employees who are not overweight or obese exhibit lower absenteeism rates

Any wellness program that can reduce absenteeism will experience cost savings. Harvard researchers looked at the ROI of wellness programs as they relate to absenteeism and demonstrated that every dollar spent on wellness can save $2.73 and reduce absenteeism. (WELCOA 2018).

Employees who feel good…..feel good about coming to work!

The Health and Wellness content herein is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to supplant health care from a licensed physician. Premier Risk Management (“PRM”) makes no promises or guarantees associated with any health practice, exercise regimen, dietary suggestions, or statistic referenced herein. PRM does not necessarily endorse, and is not responsible for, any third-party content that may be accessed through this website. You should consult your doctor or healthcare provider before adopting any program and for any medical conditions you may have. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. Viewers of this content assume all risks associated with any choices he or she makes concerning his or her lifestyle, diet, exercise, or medication.

PRM Health and Wellness Program Success Cycle

  1. Evaluate (Initial Assessment)
    • Review workers comp claims
    • Review disability and medical claims
    • Analyze employee demographics
    • Survey leadership and employee areas of interest
    • Analyze (on-site) workplace health, wellness, and safety
    • Establish baseline health of the workforce
  2. Engage
    • Organize a “Risk Action Team” of selected employees to work alongside PRM for increased employee engagement
    • Create custom solutions that are both innovative and integrative
  3. Educate
    • Send Health and Wellness experts to your worksite to teach a curriculum tailored to your specific needs
  4. Empower
    • Strengthen employee self-efficacy through tools and resources designed to help employees monitor their own health behaviors and maintain long-term positive change
  5. Encourage
    • Remain available by email and phone for ongoing consultations to motivate employees in areas of nutrition, fitness, and stress management.
  6. Evaluate (Outcome Assessment)
    • Continually review results and refine the program as needed.

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The Health and Wellness content herein is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to supplant health care from a licensed physician. Premier Risk Management (“PRM”) makes no promises or guarantees associated with any health practice, exercise regimen, dietary suggestions, or statistic referenced herein. PRM does not necessarily endorse, and is not responsible for, any third-party content that may be accessed through this website. You should consult your doctor or healthcare provider before adopting any program and for any medical conditions you may have. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. Viewers of this content assume all risks associated with any choices he or she makes concerning his or her lifestyle, diet, exercise, or medication.

Health and Wellness Session Topics

  • Wellness Matters:  Wellness is a dynamic level of functioning oriented to help participants learn how to achieve their maximum potential.  Participants will learn how to assess and evaluate their wellness dimensions and readiness to change.
  • Smoking Cessation: Participants will increase their awareness of various smoking cessation options available and develop a smoking cessation action plan based on their stage of behavior.
  • Diabetes Basics: The effects of nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction on diabetes will be explored (with a focus on Type 2 diabetes).
  • Are you EC—Ergonomically Correct?  Is your body working comfortably and safely? Learn how to work smart and be more productive.
  • Nutrition 101—Back to Basics:  Understand the basics of good nutrition.   You are what you eat – or you will be!
  • Fitting in Fitness:  Learn how to incorporate the three components of fitness—cardio, strength training, and flexibility—into your weekly routine.
  • Eating Out, Eating Healthy: Tired and confused about what and where to eat? Join a fun and interactive session and learn more about how to eat healthy when you are on the run.  Learn how to make smart and quick decisions at fast food or dine-in restaurants.
  • Is Stress Eating Away at You? Learn to recognize the sources of stress and how stress affects the body.  Learn how stress levels can impact your energy and overall health.  Discover relaxation techniques you can do at your desk or at home!
  • Label Reading and Product Packaging:  In this interactive and informative session, you’ll  discover what a food product’s packaging and nutrional claims really mean.  Learn how to quickly read and comprehend a product’s label and ingredient list.
  • Financial Wellness:  Participants will learn the basics of financial wellbeing and receive guidance towards simple actions that are proven to increase stability and minimize worry. Learn how to set and reach goals for every stage of “financial life,” such as saving for a car, college, home, or retirement.
  • Gut Reactions—Understanding Digestive Disorders:  Many suffer with digestive issues but are afraid to talk about it—until now! Find out about the causes, effects, and treatment options for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), heartburn, diverticulosis, and other disorders. Don't suffer in silence—knowledge is key.
  • Eat Well, Beat Well—Heart Health: Find out the latest information about nutrition and heart health.  Assess your risk factors for heart disease and implement a wellness approach to staying heart-healthy.
  • Natural Energy Boosters: Stop wasting money on energy drinks. Discover alternative methods to help you maintain an optimum energy level throughout the day.
  • Healthy Eating Strategies for Kids: More and more children are being diagnosed with weight-related health conditions. Be preventative and promote healthy eating habits for kids and teens as early as possible.
  • Substance Abuse Awareness: Often substance misuse is hidden—or so someone may think. Learn how to help someone—or help yourself—find the support and resources needed to overcome substance abuse.
  • Positivity in the Workplace:  This session will teach you how to remain positive when dealing with negative people or situations. You’ll also learn how to better use constructive feedback and conflict resolution.

Health and Wellness Workshop Topics

  • Chronic Condition Self-Management: In this educational workshop for people with chronic health problems, participants will learn useful skills for managing a variety of chronic diseases. This topic is delivered in a workshop of two-hour sessions, delivered one per week for six weeks.
  • Weight Management Workshop: This is a six-week course designed to give participants tools and resources to support efforts toward a healthy weight and lifestyle.  Attendees will learn self-management techniques for reaching (and maintaining) health and weight goals. Topics are based on science and will dispel common myths and fads.
  • Chronic Pain Self-Management: In this educational workshop for people with chronic pain issues, participants will learn useful skills for managing chronic pain. This topic is delivered in a workshop of two-hour sessions, delivered one per week for six weeks.
  • Financial Wellness:  This series consists of four informative workshops to address each stage of “financial life”: savings basics (401k, Roth IRAs, etc.), buying or leasing a car, home buying and selling basics, and retirement.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course (one day or two four-hour sessions) that gives individuals the skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Customized Sessions: Don’t see a topic or workshop you need? Just ask—we will create client-customized sessions and find the best presenter to deliver!

Each session or workshop is delivered by an experienced, educated, and credentialed professional.  Premier Risk Management is not affiliated with any health care product or provider.  Our presenters will not sell or promote any products.

The Health and Wellness content herein is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to supplant health care from a licensed physician. Premier Risk Management (“PRM”) makes no promises or guarantees associated with any health practice, exercise regimen, dietary suggestions, or statistic referenced herein. PRM does not necessarily endorse, and is not responsible for, any third-party content that may be accessed through this website. You should consult your doctor or healthcare provider before adopting any program and for any medical conditions you may have. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. Viewers of this content assume all risks associated with any choices he or she makes concerning his or her lifestyle, diet, exercise, or medication.