Wellness programs can be beneficial for businesses of any size. Small businesses, though, may have an upper hand when it comes to wellness programs, because they often achieve higher rates of participation and their programs are generally easier to implement. The key to developing an effective wellness program is to keep it simple and manageable.

Use the low-cost resources identified in this article to help develop, implement and evaluate your workplace wellness program.

Health Risk Assessments

Health risk assessments ask a series of questions about one’s medical history and lifestyle in order to identify health risks. This information can then be used by employers to drive targeted wellness efforts.

The following are potential ways for completing health risk assessments:

  • Contact your health plan to see what health risk assessment services they offer.
  • Send employees to in-network physicians as part of their annual physicals.
  • Consider hiring an outside organization to conduct appraisals on-site.
    • When selecting a vendor, make sure their practices line up with the goal of your wellness program.
    • Ensure HIPAA and other privacy standards are protected.

 

Resources for Recommended Physical Activity Strategies

Use the following resources to encourage your employees to be more active:

  • Map out on-site trails or nearby walking routes that employees can use during their breaks or before or after work. (www.mapmyrun.com/routes/create)
  • Encourage employees to take the stairs instead of the elevator, and host walk-and-talk meetings when it is nice outside.
  • Offer on-site fitness opportunities, such as group classes or personal training from local fitness clubs.
  • Encourage employees to take the President’s Challenge! Employees can earn points as they push themselves to be more active and log their physical activity. For more information, visit www.presidentschallenge.org.

Resources for Nutritional Strategies

Use the tips below to motivate employees to eat healthier:

  • Offer low-cost, healthy food options in vending machines and in break rooms, such as fruits, vegetables and nuts.
  • Ensure on-site cafeterias set nutritional standards that align with U.S. dietary guidelines:  www.health.gov/DIETARYGUIDELINES.
  • Make water available throughout the day, so employees can choose water instead of soda or other sugary beverages.
  • Provide educational materials and healthy eating reminders to employees. SmallBizInsure.com can provide you with nutrition-related articles for your employees.

 

Tobacco Cessation Strategies

Abstaining from tobacco can significantly improve your employees’ health and lower their chances of developing lung cancer, heart disease and other serious, costly diseases. Use the resources below to help your employees quit smoking:

 

Disease-specific Resources

Use the disease-specific resources below to develop an effective wellness program for your company:

 

For more resources and information on running a wellness program, contact SmallBizInsure.com today.

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