3) Provide health insurance options that emphasize preventive care. These can include provisions for periodic physical exams and lab tests, mammograms, colon exams, and access to educational and support programs (smoking cessation, weight loss, exercise options, etc).
4) Sponsor health fairs, special health weeks and months (January for exercise, February for heart health, etc) when posters and special education opportunities are provided (e.g., brown bag lunches with speakers).
5) Create an expectation of wellness among employees and reward them for their participation and health improvement. Not only should employers provide the various benefits, programs and onsite health promotional activities, they should create an environment in which employees are expected to participate and be proactive about improving their health.
"Without question, everyone, including employers, must focus more attention on prevention, and not simply treating illnesses when they occur," said Dr. Lyles. "Furthermore, the success of any prevention or health awareness program requires that it start at the top. Corporate benefit and human resource managers should help ensure that their senior management is engaged and committed to the effort for it to be successful."
About U.S. Preventive Medicine
U.S. Preventive Medicine(R), a privately owned company, is building the
first personalized medicine business in the United States and
internationally focused on prevention. The company offers employers,
government agencies and consumers proprietary products that include The
Prevention Plan(TM), a groundbreaking health and lifestyle management
program delivered online to individuals; The Prevention Plan CM(TM),
field-based chronic disease management programs customized for employers
|SOURCE U.S. Prevention Medicine|
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