What Wellness Plan Works?

There are two schools of thought when it comes to approaching a wellness program for a company.  Both Activity-Centered and Results-Oriented programs have their positives/negatives.  Remember, don’t get bent on specifics but rather the end goal of a wellness program. 

Activity-Centered Approaches

Activity-centered workplace wellness programs are those that make “activities” the central focus of their initiative.  The example is often shown as a “Biggest Loser” contest where employees can enter a weight loss competition similar to the hit TV show.  Many workplace wellness practitioners incorporate a variety of simple activities into their company’s annual schedule of wellness events. For example, February might include “heart smart” activities because it is American Heart Month. Similarly, October’s program might address recognizing the signs and symptoms of cancer since it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Results-Oriented Approaches

In contrast to activity-centered approaches, results-oriented programs are those that are carefully researched, thoughtfully designed, and then brought to seamless fruition. They are focused not on simply offering a “program of the month,” but on impacting the organization’s bottom line through improved employee health and increased productivity.   Our agency often refers to this program as one that has “teeth.”  Although it can be challenging, making the switch from activity-centered to results-oriented programming can be accomplished with a little guidance and direction.  Your agent/broker should have the capabilities and consulting knowledge to help with this implementation.  There are several great results based wellness programs that are nationally recognized.

One Response to “What Wellness Plan Works?”

  1. Lol, who would want to to go on a full time diet for?. Eat whenever you wnna, just remember to work out

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