Most of us know what we need to do to improve our health. The biggest hurdles to sticking with it are often lack of time, motivation and support.
That’s where workplace wellness programs can play a big role in helping people get healthy. Most of us spend 40-50 hours a week at work. When a workplace provides a culture of wellness and support, it becomes that much easier to adopt healthy habits and routines.
Companies often see many benefits after starting a workplace wellness program, including healthier and more engaged employees, greater job satisfaction and fewer insurance claims and lower rates. This positively impacts employee retention and helps with recruiting new employees. When people see that their company cares about them, they are likely to reciprocate by working harder and taking greater pride in their work.
Network Health is a leader in offering workplace wellness programs. We started our own program 10 years ago, and over the years we’ve seen the benefits firsthand. Network Health offers onsite health screenings and an online wellness rewards platform. We offer a variety of wellness activities throughout the year, including exercise and nutrition speakers, on-site fruit and vegetable co-ops and a culture that promotes walking during breaks and work from home opportunities. Network Health sponsors several community fitness events like the Fox Cities Marathon in Appleton and encourages employees to get involved – even if it’s just to volunteer. We use community fitness events to bring our employees together and develop a sense of camaraderie.
At Network Health, my team and I create workplace wellness programs for Network Health insured groups that choose Millennium. Millennium is a wellness rewards program that encourages both participation and outcome-based wellness activities. By offering wellness programs to their employees, businesses can create a culture of health and wellness in the workplace. Ultimately, that means healthier, happier employees – and that’s a win for both the employees and the business as a whole.
If your employer doesn’t offer a wellness program, there are several actions you can take on your own. First, schedule your annual physical. Sit down with your doctor and discuss your bloodwork and your medications. Then, complete an online questionnaire called a health risk assessment (HRA), which Network Health makes available to all members. Use the results from your physical and your HRA to get a strong understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Pair that with what is important to you to determine what wellness goals and personal wellness programming you want to create for yourself.
Whether you create your own wellness program or use one offered through your employer, be sure to take advantage of your personal support system. Surround yourself with family, friends and coworkers that are going to give you support and hold you accountable to your health goals. Signing up for a community fitness event is a great way to start or stick to an exercise program. This will give you an instant fitness goal and deadline. And if you see a Network Health associate participating, be sure to say hi.