First, it pays to know where you stand, and that often means starting with a health risk assessment. Amica Mutual Insurance realized that 7% of its insured employees had diabetes after performing an HRA. "We manage risk. That's our core business," one executive said. "We thought, O.K., we have to manage these high-risk groups a little better." And they did--by implementing a prevention program that reduced health care costs by 50% among employees who participated.
Second, a hands-on approach works best. For example, teaching people about healthy eating is a great idea, but education alone tends to be less effective than rewarding specific behavior changes and bringing dynamic programs into the workplace.
As I've said many times, people make great strides when given the right support. I think Amica Mutual's success story is further proof.