Between 2005 and 2008, the HealthyQuest program has helped Quest Diagnostics employees to measurably lower their health risks by adopting healthier behaviors. Key accomplishments include:
Tobacco Cessation: Employee tobacco usage dropped to an all-time low--12.7 percent--in 2008, compared to the national average of 21% (National Health Interview Survey, 2006). About 3,600 individuals who have enrolled in the program have quit smoking.
Colorectal Cancer Screening: In 2007, HealthyQuest launched an initiative to raise employee compliance with colorectal cancer screening using the FDA-cleared InSure(R) Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT)(TM), which is designed for use in screening for sources of lower gastrointestinal bleeding. In 2008, more than 5,500 employees, spouses, and domestic partners--about 25 percent of those who were eligible for the program--used and returned the InSure FIT test.
Healthier Food Choices: Through HealthyQuest, the company has also improved the nutritional quality of food served at onsite cafeterias and vending machines.
In addition, in 2008, the company created a "Wellness Ambassador" position, also referred to as director of Employer Wellness Initiatives. Bill Germanakos, the 2007 season winner of the NBC television program The Biggest Loser(R), assumed this new position following several years as a Quest Diagnostics sales representative. During the series, Germanakos lost 164 pounds--or 49.1 percent of his body weight--in 34 weeks, dramatically im
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