Employers empowered to efficiently and effectively promote wellness for their employees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that between 70 and 80 percent of a person's health and wellness are directly affected by their lifestyle and health behaviors. Composed of two parts, an online questionnaire and a biometric screening, the PHA provides employees with the knowledge of their specific health risks and the tools in which to minimize those risks, positively changing their lifestyle and behaviors.
"Finding ways to research the specific health concerns you could be at risk for, and then trying to understand those risks is difficult enough," said
Upon completion of the PHA, employees receive a Health Profile Report. The report, which can be printed or submitted to a healthcare provider, records the employee's questionnaire answers and recommends what they should be striving for to reach maximum health and wellness. Employers also receive summary reports, but not in quite as much detail. Various aggregate employer reports provide employers with high-level overviews of what risks their employees are facing. For example, employers are able to obtain the percentage of employees who are at high-risk for obesity or alcohol abuse and can then promote company-wide weight loss or alcohol prevention programs.
Although not a substitute for medical advice, the PHA encourages employees to use the information and customized reports as a personal wellness tool, therefore answering seriously and honestly. With video content developed by Dr.
Not only is this a great function for employees, but employers are benefiting as well. The application gives employers the ability to offer financial incentives for those employees who complete the health assessment or for meeting specific health-related criteria. These financial incentives can be deducted for each employee through an employer's payroll system using Benefitfocus Payroll Connect(TM) which synchronizes payroll with your employee benefits data transmissions.
"Employers can lower their cost of benefits while their informed and educated employees improve their physical wellness," reflected Sansom. "This type of company supported program will positively impact individuals as they become more productive for their employers and lead healthier lives."
For more information on Benefitfocus HR InTouch, please visit http://www.benefitfocus.com/products/InTouch/hrintouch.html and for more information on the Benefitfocus Personal Health Assessment, visit http://www.benefitfocus.com/products/InTouch/pha.html.
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