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Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Tomas on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:21 pm

My employer just started offering a free wellness program (https://www.onlifehealth.com/ ). The employees get some incentives to join (such as "Complete a Health Assessment and Biometric Screening to earn $25 gift card. Earn points and be eligible for a $250 gift card drawing each quarter.").

Does Anybody have any experience with such programs? (I would definitely benefit from a personal trainer, but I am a little bit concerned about sharing my health data with somebody who is not my doctor.)
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Re: Experience with employer wellness programs?

Postby steelhammer on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:28 pm

We have a version of this at my work through our insurance company. If you don't complete it, you pay a higher deductible. If you do complete it, you get $125 (before taxes, etc.) or a day off from work (the day before or after Thanksgiving). Most people put very little thought into it and just do the bare minimum necessary to complete it. If they are offering free gym memberships and or personal training, I would definitely take them up on it. Not sure how the data you provide would ever be used against you?
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:32 pm

Blackjack and hookers!
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Kraftster on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:32 pm

My wife has something like this at her office. They do all kinds of things like what you mentioned. I don't believe I've heard of anyone running into any PHI problems.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:33 pm

My wife's company does this, and I adhere to it
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby npv708 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:35 pm

Earlier this year my company paid for us to have a month of Zumba instruction, they even flew in a specialist from Maine to lead the classes.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby columbia on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:37 pm

Gaucho wrote:Blackjack and hookers!


Are you James Bond?
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:54 pm

columbia wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Blackjack and hookers!


Are you James Bond?


Hmmm... try again.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby shafnutz05 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:54 pm

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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:57 pm

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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:11 pm

I signed up for ours cause they gave you money. I tried to go through with the counseling to get the other portion of the money but it was kind of a joke. Our program was over the phone, dietary and wellness advice over the phone doesn't really work.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby no name on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:16 pm

It takes a over an hour to fill out the damn forms online, then once its done they give you ways to imporve yourself. I answered the questions honestly i thought i was a rather mild person. The report made me sound like a loose canon who could die at any time for any number of health reasons.

We get a co-pay reduction if we fill out the forms.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby no name on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:17 pm

It takes a over an hour to fill out the damn forms online, then once its done they give you ways to imporve yourself. I answered the questions honestly i thought i was a rather mild person. The report made me sound like a loose canon who could die at any time for any number of health reasons.

We get a co-pay reduction if we fill out the forms.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Digitalgypsy66 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:17 pm

We've started one here where I work - I just signed up for it. It reduces my payment and gives me discounts on gym membership, vitamins, and so on. Interesting how these are now cropping up...
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Troy Loney on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:20 pm

Digitalgypsy66 wrote:We've started one here where I work - I just signed up for it. It reduces my payment and gives me discounts on gym membership, vitamins, and so on. Interesting how these are now cropping up...


It's a way for the insurance companies to get more information on their clients and better price the policies (I believe). I'm not sure if these costs get passed along to the employees or not.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby DelPen on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:21 pm

We get extra deposits into our HRA's for taking online surveys and getting baseline testing.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby blackjack68 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:26 pm

Gaucho wrote:Blackjack and hookers!

Here!
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby Gaucho on Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:45 pm

blackjack68 wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Blackjack and hookers!

Here!


Great! So, uh, where's the... rest?
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby llipgh2 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:38 pm

Troy Loney wrote:I signed up for ours cause they gave you money. I tried to go through with the counseling to get the other portion of the money but it was kind of a joke. Our program was over the phone, dietary and wellness advice over the phone doesn't really work.


We have to:

1. Get a free biometrics screening

2. Sign a form saying we don't smoke/quit smoking

3. Talk to a "health" coach at least once

To get a significant discount on insurance. That's the extent of our "wellness" program.

Things we had in place (and still have) prior to the wellness kick are more beneficial. We have Weight Watchers meetings on site, on site yoga classes, "From Couch to 5K in 6 weeks" fitness classes on site, and discounted memberships to the local Y.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby CBear3 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:55 pm

A lot like that.

Score X number of points and the company picks up a higher percentage of your contribution to your insurance (or a check for a similar amount if you don't use the company sponsored plan)

Half of it is a Wellness Check (BMI, BP, cholesterol) combine with a Health Assessment Survey.
The other half of the points you get by participating in vaious health quizes, health challenges (be active for 30 minutes a day, eat three meals and get 7 hours of sleep a day, kind of stuff), and other activities (donate blood, participate in the weekly yoga class, play on a rec team/run in 5k).

They'll also pick up some of the cost for your monthly gym membership, but that's seperate from the program.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby eddysnake on Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:15 pm

fill out some online questionnaire for me and me wife once a year and save 2.5% or something like that towards health insurance payment. form takes about 5 minutes, and it tells me because I smoked 15 years ago for a year I need to exercise and will never reach 100% health status! Seems completely ridiculous, but it saves me some bucks so what the hell
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby JS© on Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:24 pm

we're supposed to get a gym in our next building, which isn't due to break ground for another year
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby AlexPKeaton on Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:43 pm

Luckily my company simply pays for a gym membership and doesn't do any of this shenanigans.
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Re: Experience with employer-sponsored wellness programs?

Postby mikey287 on Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:04 pm

My friend did this through his work...they set him up with a workout regimen, a new diet (organic, no dairy, the whole bit)...says he feels great and his asthma went away (on account of not drinking milk from another mammal anymore...which is gross...we're clearly not supposed to do that...), so if you're into getting healthy (actually into it, not just the idea of it), then go for it! If you're rather indifferent, skip it...
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