Original post benefitspro.com
There’s plenty of skepticism out there about whether wellness programs actually help people lose weight. Some critics have alleged that the programs are counter-productive because they demoralize employees by through “weight-shaming.”
But a new survey from HealthMine highlights a potential benefit of such programs besides weight-loss.
According to the poll of 501 people with a heart disease, 43 percent said their condition was identified through a wellness program. In addition, the poll found that 68 percent participate in a wellness program that includes a disease management program, and that the vast majority (86 percent) take part in that program.
Seventy-nine percent of respondents also reported that their wellness plan helped them manage their health care costs. Forty-two percent said it helped them a lot.
Wellness programs have scored a number of legal and political victories over the past year.
Not only has the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposed a rule allowing companies to issue financial incentives up to 30 percent of the cost of its health insurance, but the EEOC’s own suit against a company that required employees to partake in biometric screenings to be eligible for company health care was rejected by a federal judge in December.