Sometimes, business executives excited when they hear that they are 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. Nowadays, we’ll take any break we can get on the high cost of insurance coverage, and rightly so.
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.