Pounds for Sale: Technology Supports Wellness Program with Cash Rewards
SHRM.org – January, 20, 2011 – California-based Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach estimate that two-thirds of their 5,000 employees are overweight or obese. To help employees start the new year off right, Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s, as part of their Good Life Campaign, launched incentaHEALTH, an employee wellness program emphasizing lifestyle changes that lead to lifelong healthy weight.
The program is helping employees manage their weight through:
In addition, participants have access to an online fitness guide, communication with a personal trainer, an online success journal and weekly e-mail progress reports.
All employee participants receive incentives every quarter and can earn cash rewards for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
Nutrition and Exercise Stressed
Six days a week, the program encourages employees to make reasonable food selections and control their portion size. It allows one day a week for employees to enjoy food selections they crave and a return to healthy eating habits the next day.
The second focal point of the program is exercise. Employees are encouraged to be more active by taking walks on breaks using the “fitness walk” path on campus and taking the stairs instead of the elevator to burn more calories each day.
“Employees and their dependents are shown exactly how to eat and exercise and are incentivized to keep the weight off,” said Todd McGuire, co-founder and chief technology officer of incentaHEALTH.
“It’s exciting to see our employees’ enthusiasm for participating in this employee wellness program, for their own health and that of their families,” said Mark Roberts, physician ambassador of the Good Life Employee Wellness Program at Long Beach Memorial and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
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incentaHEALTH is an innovative health care technology company based in Denver, Colorado. 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 http://www.incentaHEALTH.com.