incentaHEALTH Helps River Spirit Casino Up the Ante in Quest to Improve Employee Health, Fitness
Employee Wellness Program Will Offer Cash Rewards for Healthy Weight Loss
DENVER, CO–(Marketwire – Jul 26, 2011) – Tulsa’s Muscogee Creek Nation has taken a step toward improving the tribe’s health and fitness. incentaHEALTH, a company that blends scientific expertise with technology to provide a solution for corporate obesity and rising health care costs, today announced that one of Okla.’s leading gaming facilities, River Spirit Casino, will launch an incentaHEALTH employee wellness program this month. incentaHEALTH includes an incentive program designed to help employees (and family members) modify their lifestyle and lose weight. The program rewards participants with cash incentives if body weight is lowered and stays at the new reduced levels.
A one-of-a-kind gaming, dining and entertainment experience, River Spirit Casino is an active community partner that provides a positive economic impact for Tulsa and the surrounding area. The casino employs around 1,300 people, and is a popular tourist attraction and travel destination in Okla. Proceeds from the gaming operations help to fund a variety of Muscogee (Creek) Nation service programs such as housing, education, elderly assistance and health care.
Runaway health care costs and obesity are among the most pressing concerns facing business. According to River Spirit Casino’s HR director, Michael Shaw, a more proactive approach to employee wellness is necessary, and the casino is implementing a plan focused on prevention as a key to success — as well as a method to help reduce claims costs and health care expenditures. “In general, we are just not as healthy as we used to be,” Shaw noted. “The Native American population is especially prone to experiencing high blood pressure and Type-2 diabetes, and we at River Spirit are focused on a solution that can help get to the root causes of health problems — and prevent them. incentaHEALTH is a great fit due to the proactive nature of its interactive tools and reimbursement programs — it is superior to other wellness programs I have had experience with in the past, and is attractively priced at about 20 percent of the cost of those programs.”
“As most national studies indicate, the state of Okla. is near the bottom of most health indicator lists — including obesity and consumption of a healthy diet — and we, with the support of incentaHEALTH, are committed to changing that,” commented Eric Moon, health and wellness coach and corporate programming consultant for The Holmes Organisation, the Tulsa-based insurance and benefits company that introduced River Spirit to incentaHEALTH. “Many of the employers in Oklahoma that we work with are looking for innovative wellness programs that get measurable results — and incentaHEALTH is one such program.”
incentaHEALTH is an employee wellness program emphasizing lifestyle changes that lead to life-long healthy weight. Participants have access to an online fitness guide, daily email coaching, communication with a personal trainer, an online success journal, and weekly email progress reports. All employee participants receive incentives every quarter and can earn cash rewards for both successful weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
“Our technology-focused approach gives employees access to a large network of health care practitioners, fitness professionals, dieticians and more — all right at their fingertips — with the added bonus of keeping costs down,” explained Todd McGuire, co-founder and chief technology officer of incentaHEALTH. “Using daily coaching from nutrition and exercise experts via emails and text messages, employees and their dependents are shown exactly how to eat and exercise, and are incentivized to keep the weight off. incentaHEALTH’s kiosks capture the employees’ weight, which allows the employees to earn cash incentives for their weight-loss performance.”
The incentaHEALTH system is easily recognized by the patented HEALTHspot kiosks, which give employees instant access to the following services:
“River Spirit Casino takes its role as an active voice in the community very seriously, and our engagement with incentaHEALTH is evidence of this,” Shaw continued. “By implementing their employee wellness program, we are taking proactive steps toward being as socially and fiscally responsible as possible.”
For more information on the incentaHEALTH program, please visit www.incentahealth.com.
incentaHEALTH is an innovative health care technology company based in Denver, Colo. incentaHEALTH’s fully outsourced, employee weight management program is designed to help organizations reduce their health care costs by offering incentives to employees for improving their health. This is achieved by helping employees manage their weight through the use of interactive email coaching, workplace weigh-ins on private kiosks, and cash rewards for maintaining long term health improvements. For more information, visit www.incentahealth.com.