Monday, October 11, 2010
Employee Wellness Programs
Many companies, in an effort to help their employees be healthier (and therefore be more productive and cost them less money), have instituted wellness programs that have incentives for improving their health in specific ways. My husband's job has one such program, which includes spouses, and we think it's great. But we found it interesting that there is no alternative for the weight loss program. Unfortunately, such a high percentage of Americans are overweight that apparently in this program they didn't consider the possibility that some of us simply aren't. And we're not the only ones. At a weekly weigh-in, a very tall, thin teacher commented to my husband that he honestly can't lose any weight, that it would be bad for his health. So...while this weight loss program doesn't benefit a small percentage of us, I guess it'll be easy to "reach" our "goal." And we're still glad for the program, which helps us keep our health a priority and motivates us to get those incentives. If your place of employment doesn't have a wellness program, it couldn't hurt to ask about it and see if there's a way to get one started.