Susan Tufts from L.L. Bean kicked the conference off right with Health and Well-Being -- Build a Business Case for Your Employee Wellness Program.
Susan shared a compelling slide that showed how their smoking rates decreased as they became a smoke-free environment. I've often thought that employer have the potential to have the same sort of impact on other health and wellness factors like diet and exercise as we have had on smoking in the U.S.
Susan talked about how they used health risk assessments. Some years they conducted biometric screenings and some years they had people self-report the information. The data showed that people know their weight (although they take a pretty optimistic view of it), but they don't know their blood-pressure, cholesterol level, or A1c. I've been moving away from screenings, but the data Susan shared caused me to pause and think about it again.
I'm no fan of health risk assessments. My experience has been that they don't tell me anything I don't already know about our population. I do think we could do something meaningful with the 5 questions that Dr. Parkinson said matter though. Can you say "yes" to all 5?
Next up was a Employer Case Study from Keurig Green Mountain -- Develop the Right Formula to Create a Culture of Total Well-Being that Supports Business Success, Performance Growth and Sustainability -- presented by Deb Borton and Deanna Merola from Keurig and Colleen M. Reilly from Total Well-Being.
Amanda Goltz from Aetna, Marty Jaramillo from Yingo Yango, and Brain Jones from Castlight Health presented Implement Innovative and Disruptive Approaches to Health Fitness and Productivity in the Workplace.
They discussed an Aetna study on the impact of incentives.
Barbara Linton from Baystate Health presented Baystate Health Takes Innovative Steps to Win the Weight Loss Battle. They broadened their definition of wellness using the 5 Gallup factors to help increase participation from 35% to their target of 50%.
After the lunch break, Andrew Gold from Pitney Bowes launched into Identify Employee Population Demographics to Implement Need-Based and Focused Health Initiatives. You can learn about what they're doing on their website pbprojectliving.com.
Pitney Bowes is having a lot of success using Yammer. We tried it for awhile at ASHA, but engagement died out as soon as some senior executes logged in. Unfortunately they created accounts that people could see, but never engaged in the discussion. I think this made people feel like they were checking-up on them. Anyway, it's nice to hear it is working well in other environments.
Gary Earl stepped up to the podium next to present Create Wellness Engagement and Communication Strategies that Deliver Messages that Resonate and Motivate. Gary actually served as the master of ceremonies for the whole conference and did a stellar job.
Next up was another case study from Bon Secours -- Say What? How the Right Game Plan Doubled Program Engagement. It was presented by Meghan Melvin from Bon Secours, Anne Marie Ludovici-Connolly from AMLC Consulting and Keith McMullin from Health Diagnostic Laboratory.
There you have it. My first Storify post. It was an interesting two days. I do wish more folks had been tweeting though. It's always interesting to see what captures people's attention. Especially when we're all listening to the same presentations.