Research shows that more than half of all employers include a health screening as part of their workplace wellness programs.1
Why? Because when properly integrated with a worksite wellness plan, health screenings can help reduce health risks, improve health, reduce health care costs, and improve productivity and performance of the workforce.2
Here are several reasons employers use health screenings
to bring wellness to the workplace:
Boost health and lower costs.
Employers reported better health (42% reported greater health risk improvement) and financial outcomes (30% reported lower health care trend) when using screening as part of a worksite wellness program. 3
Engage employees in their health.
A health screening
is a health examination that measures an employee’s risk factors, such as body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose. Screenings help employees identify issues with their health and engage in healthier behavior. 1
Provide a baseline.
A health screening provides a baseline assessment of your employees’ health status regarding obesity, blood pressure, blood glucose, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Health screenings also provide a baseline for future health and wellness programming needs for your organization. Year-over-year screenings can help you track aggregate results.
Identify health risks.
Screenings can help detect disease in its early and most treatable stages—even before symptoms are recognized. Screening results give participants an opportunity to identify health risks that may not be apparent.
Did you know?
- 40% of Americans are obese.5 86% of Americans will be obese by 2030. 6
- More than 30 million Americans have diabetes—and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. 5
- 75 million American adults have high blood pressure—that’s 1 in every 3 American adults. 5
- 75% of health care costs are attributed to chronic conditions that are preventable. 7
Help employees take healthy actions. HealthFitness health screenings provide vital health information for your employees—raising awareness of risks and serving as the catalyst for behavior change.
In fact, 98 percent of our screening participants said they plan to take steps to change unhealthy behaviors that lead to health risks. 8
Bill screenings as a claim
The option to bill screenings as a medical claim is now available. Simply align your screening budget to a medical expense versus an administrative expense. Covered members will be billed as a medical claim. Non-members will be billed as a general screening feel.
HealthFitness provides health screening options to reach all employees. With three options for health screenings, all employees can learn more about their health, regardless of their location—and take steps toward healthier behaviors. Contact us to learn more.
1. The Kaiser Family Foundation 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey
2. Health health screening for employers, J Occup Environ Med. 2013;55(10):1244-51.
3. Based on data from HERO Scorecard Benchmark Database through Dec. 2017 and June 2017
4. The Kaiser Family Foundation 2017 Employer Health Benefits Survey
5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
6. Estimating the Progression and Cost of the US Obesity Epidemic. Obesity, 16: 2323–2330. doi: 10.1038/oby.2008.351 3.
7. Harvard School of Public Health, The Nutrition Source
8. Health Fitness Corp. client results