A lot of business executives I talk to get really excited when they hear that they are now officially allowed to charge smokers a higher insurance premium for their group health insurance, and some might even like to push it a step further and include other preventable conditions, such as obesity.
In our work with corporate wellness programs over the years, I’ve seen a lot of different perspectives on the use of Health Risk Assessments – opinions that range from considering these personal health surveys to be a kind of “gold standard”, to those that believe they are overused & even dangerous to program efficacy.
The opportunity to participate in wellness games –either in individual or team challenges – is one of the most popular trends in the industry these days… and certainly the most fun! Whether it is a corporate walking program with personal pedometers & virtual goals, or a points-based program where participants track their habits (ounces of water, cups of fruits & vegetables, etc.), these “healthy competitions” are setting new standards of participation and engagement.