Most recently, The Corporate Wellness Blog pointed out that while corporate health and wellness programs can certainly be expensive, they absolutely don’t have to be. The site then provided a great list of low-cost health and wellness activities.Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite examples that can help control healthcare spending costs yet cost practically nothing to implement:
Physical/Weight Management Activities
- Offer flexible work hours to allow for physical activity during the day.
- Support physical activity breaks during the workday, such as stretching or walking.
- Host walk-and-talk meetings.
- Have employees map out their own biking or walking route to and from work.
- Post motivational signs at elevators and escalators to encourage stair usage.
- Sponsor a bike to work day and reward employees who participate
General Health Education Activities
- Orient employees to the Corporate Wellness Program and give them copies of the physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use policies.
- Ask voluntary health associations, health care providers, and/or public health agencies to offer workplace education classes.
- Designate specific areas to support employees such as diabetics and nursing mothers.
- Establish a company policy prohibiting tobacco use anywhere on the property.
- Offer prompts/posters to support no tobacco use policy.
- Policy supporting participation in tobacco cessation activities during duty time (flex-time).
- Offer counseling through an individual, group, or telephone counseling program onsite.
- Offer counseling through a health plan sponsored individual, group, or telephone counseling program.
- Offer cessation medications through medical insurance.