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WEA Trust Provides Wellness Solution for Municipalities

Posted by Bill Lewis

iStock_000047451796_Double.jpgThe WEA trust is bringing a proven, best-in-class wellness solution to municipalities through their League Health Plan with Vitality.  Vitality is an interactive rewards based wellness program that engages its members through education and coaching to improve their health and lives.  It helps members realize how lifestyle choices impact health, and how activity and exercise can enhance their lives. 

A well implemented wellness plan can drive a handful of improvements for you as the employer as well.  A more active and healthy workforce improves productivity and lowers risk factors that drive your health claims.  Additionally, creating a wellness program provides opportunities for leadership among your employees who participate on a wellness committee, and can help brand your organization and make you an employer of choice in your community. 

Here are some of the key elements of the Vitality Wellness program through WEA and the League Health Plan:

  • Biometric Screenings – Your employees will ‘know their numbers’ for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides etc.
  • Vitality Health Review – This is a health risk assessment that helps bring lifestyle into the mix of your biometrics results and paints a picture of overall health.
  • Vitality Bucks – Employees earn points for the Biometric Screening, the Health Review, and also for tracking activities through a phone, smart watch or pedometer. Earning bucks allows you to buy rewards like movie passes, make charitable donations, gift cards.  Points do not expire!
  • Goal Setting – Vitality will set goals for activities like steps per day, workouts per week and provides motivation to improve results of the health screening. These goals are attached to bucks, so the more you participate the more you can gifts you can purchase.
  • Coaching – Vitality provides health content, articles and provides goals for improving the health of your whole organization

There are two levels of the program available.  Activate is the base level, and Elevate is a ‘buy up’ option that includes more involvement with spouses, higher levels of engagement with the program and some additional resources to help you build your wellness platform. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss how this wellness plan can be implemented into your organization, contact me.  We have our own Certified Wellness Specialist on staff, and I would be happy to help you improve the lives and health of your employees!

Topics: Wellness, municipalities, group benefits, Employee Health, Municipalities LWMMI

Challenge Accepted! R&R Particpating in Top 100 Active Companies Challenge

Posted by R&R Insurance

“For people who sit most of the day, their risk of a heart attack is about the same as smoking.” – Martha Grogan, Cardiologist, Mayo Clinic

R&R is excited to be participating in the WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) Top 100 Active Companies Challenge for 2015. Aimed to combat sedentary behavior, the Challenge triggers positive habit changes which make people continuously active throughout their daily life. The more active a person is, the healthier they become. The healthier they become, the happier their life is. And the healthier employees are, the lower the time and cost on health care.

To participate in the Challenge, companies must have 30% of their employees engaged throughout the 12-week program. In its pilot year, there are 38 companies taking part in Wisconsin. R&R is proud to be ranked in 5th place during week 6, with roughly 50% of our employees participating.

Along with the physical activity and educational aspects of the program, R&R employees have created entertaining contests to increase participation and engagement. Some of the latest contest winners included the following profile photos:

WELCOA_Winners

WELCOA will be giving statewide and nationwide recognition to companies that are actively fighting sedentary behavior. We are excited to share our final results with you at the end of the Challenge.

Stay tuned! And in the meantime, take time to MOVE throughout your day!

Topics: Employee Health, Active Lifestyle