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Start Focusing on Prevention in Your Employee Wellness Program

Posted by Robyn Whalen on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2012, about half of all adults – 117 million people – had one or more chronic health conditions, and one in four adults had two or more chronic health conditions. These chronic diseases and conditions – including diabetes, heart disease, obesity, arthritis, and certain types of cancer – are some of the most common, deadliest, and costly health issues in the United States.

The good news is many of these chronic diseases and conditions can be prevented. However, many adults don’t practice preventative behaviors to help lower their risks for these diseases. This could be because many people are uneducated about the power of prevention or how to live a healthier lifestyle to combat these risks. One possible solution for this is developing a workplace wellness program that focuses on prevention. Focusing on the power of prevention could help educate employees on how to reduce their risk for these serious health problems before it’s too late.

Employers should view prevention as a priority for employee wellness. Not only do these chronic diseases and conditions slow down a workforce, they’re extremely costly too. In fact, the CDC states that 86% of the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual healthcare expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions. Because many of these costs can be reduced through preventative healthcare, it’s crucial that employers emphasis prevention in their employee wellness programs.

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Why Biometric Screenings Are Better Than Health Risk Assessments

Posted by Jamie Bell on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Health risk assessments (HRAs) have been around since the 1970s. Over the years, they were used as a supportive tool for physicians in discussing health with their patients. Today, the HRA is a self-reported measurement aide that helps to identify individual health risks based on questions about lifestyle, demographic characteristics, family history, physiological data and overall attitudes towards their wellness. 

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Cracking the Code on Health Risk Assessments

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Thu, Apr 18, 2013

Health risk assessments (HRA). Health appraisals. Personal health assessments. Well-being assessments. Whatever you call them, they are valuable tools for measuring the key drivers of health and risks for future illness.

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Everything You Need to Sell Your Boss on Health Assessments

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Thu, Mar 07, 2013

You know Health Risk Assessments (HRA) can lay a solid foundation for making lifestyle changes. You're a believer in the power of HRAs to evaluate employees' modifiable risk factors. And you've been reading up and know that they have one of the best return on investments – with one report finding that HRAs returned $6.04 for every $1 spent. 

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Health Risk Assessments: How accurate are they?

Posted by Lisa Stovall on Mon, Oct 08, 2012

 

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