Our University notified us yesterday through a news article that “As part of a strategic plan to better control health care costs, officials in the Office of Human Resources have announced a wellness-focused initiative starting in July. To avoid paying a $100/month surcharge beginning in January, employees will need to complete steps of the Take Care of Your Health Initiative.”
These steps include:
- Complete an online wellness profile (asking weight, height, health history, BP, and other lab results)
- Preventive physical exam by November 22nd
- Complete a biometric screening (full lipid profile, glucose, BMI, waist, blood pressure)
They say that the results are confidential and are purely to give you knowledge about your current health status. You will not be penalized for any results (dropped from insurance or raising your contribution).
I’m curious to hear what everyone’s thoughts are on something like this. Does your employer do something similar already?
I guess I have mixed feelings. I think it’s great to start initiative that promotes health and wellness. I think prevention is very important and would certainly reduce health care costs. I guess my issue with this initiative is that there is a punishment for not participating, but no true incentive for actually improving your health. You can complete these steps, get the information, and then do nothing with it.
Admittedly, improved health should be the only incentive people need – but we all know that it isn’t that simple, right? There are other factors at play for why a lot of people have major weight/health issues. Personally, I know that there was nothing that anybody could have said to me to get me on the track to a healthier life. It wasn’t until last November that I truly felt like I had enough and was willing to make the change. I was the one that had to decide I didn’t want to live like this anymore. A screening would not have made me take the initiative… I had to decide to change on my own.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out! Thankfully, I have been “Taking Charge of My Health” since November and have already completed two of these three steps. I’m already signed up for the screening on the 24th and I know my numbers will be even better than they were before – even if the online profile is telling me how unhealthy I am lol!