The concept of wellness isn’t new, but the emphasis about getting healthier and staying healthy through wellness programs has taken a quantum leap over the past couple of years, especially in the employer markets and with Medicare Advantage Plans. Although many organizations like to tout the fact they offer wellness initiatives, the need to improve the overall quality of health care through preventive measures has gained a lot of ground with the inclusion of programs that go beyond a basic gym membership or healthy food served in the cafeteria or lounges in corporate facilities.
According to Smart Business News Online, worksite health promotion is an investment in a company’s most important asset—its employees. Studies have shown that employees are more likely to perform well and less likely to exhibit presenteeism—showing up to work when sick and, as a result, underperforming—when they are in optimal health.
Per the WSJ, if your insurance plan gives you access to a health coach, here are a few tips to get the most of it: A health coach should build trust with you right away by being organized and prepared when you have conversations. The coach should call you at the appointed time and remember your name and what you last spoke about for your particular case. A coach should help you cope with peer pressure and give you alternatives for scenarios such as eating out. Expect a coach to ask detailed questions about your exercise and diet preferences and how much family support you have at home. Many coaches will include family members on the calls if it is appropriate. Prepare to be held accountable to your goals. If you're not committed, then you're probably not going to be successful.
As noted by GlaxoKlineSmith, the identification of “at risk” populations and the appropriate targeting of interventions that address their needs are critical components of health management.