Wellness Drive Gets Boost From Reality Star
UT Federal Credit Union staffers are a few steps closer to getting healthier.
To jump-start a 2012 wellness initiative, employees not only received pedometers but were surprised by Antone Davis, who placed second for the most weight lost on season 12 of “The Biggest Loser.”
According to a Society of Human Resources Management Wellness in the Workplace study, wellness programs have helped control the spiraling costs of health care. Key findings have indicated that health and wellness resources are low-cost offerings that can help employees live a healthier lifestyle. In 2011, 75% of companies offered wellness resources and information, 56% produced a wellness publication and 39% offered health fairs.
In addition, health care premium discounts have gained popularity. Over the last three years, there has been a slight increase in the percentage of companies that offered discounts for getting an annual health risk assessment, not using tobacco products and participating in wellness and weight-loss programs.