Incentivizing Wellness Programs Results In Reduced Lifestyle Risk Factors
Go365® Five-Year Study concludes that incentivized initiatives for wellness programs encourage healthier eating, exercising, reduced stress and fewer smokers.
Do incentives really work for motivating healthier behaviors? Go365® recently completed a five-year study and the answer is YES! Our report analyzing data from more than 10,000 Humana associates concludes that incentivized initiatives for wellness programs encourage healthier eating, exercising, reduced stress and more tobacco avoidance.
REDUCING LIFESTYLE RISK FACTORS
There was an increase in the percentage of members who reported healthier lifestyle choices. Members reported eating more fruits and vegetables, exercising more hours per week, experiencing lower levels of stress and being non-smokers.
BETTER NUTRITION AND MORE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
Engaged members increased the number of servings of fruits and vegetables over the course of five years. Exercise also increased with 61.6% of participants working out at least 150 minutes a week during years three through five. That’s up from 36.2% reported during years one and two of the study.
HEALTHIER MEMBERS – EVEN FIVE YEARS OLDER
A significant outcome of the study is that engaged members improved or maintained their health despite the fact that they aged five years. High-engaged members were more focused on preventative care, including annual check-ups. In Year 5, they paid an average of $116 per member per month less in healthcare than low-engaged members.
INCENTIVIZING YOUR EMPLOYEES
As the Five-Year Study suggests, long-term health behavior change can make your employees healthier. Behavior change requires meeting employees where they are on their wellness journey. Go365 provides incentives for your employees to incorporate new habits and healthier choices. Motivating employees with a variety of options empowers ownership over their well-being.
IDEAS FOR INCENTIVIZING YOUR WORKFORCE
- Offer a bonus or merit pay increases for participating in the wellness program
- Health club membership discounts, including full membership reimbursement for employees after a predetermined number of visits
- Raffle Paid Time Off for completing a Health Assessment
- Gift cards or contributions to Health Savings Accounts/Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HSAs/HRAs) for employees who complete an initial Health Assessment
- Rewards for employees who participate in coaching programs tailored to improve health
- Monetary reward for completing a smoking cessation program
- Drawings for iPads, fitness equipment, travel vouchers, t-shirts, water bottles, etc.
- Recognition events and celebrations for milestones