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March 07, 2013
Health programs better when spouses included

Employers that follow best practices for workplace health management programs are more likely to see improvements in health and related costs. According to a joint report from the Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) and Mercer, one of those practices was involving spouses in key components of the program.

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The organizations surveyed more than 700 employers and found that other practices associated with positive outcomes included:

  • Promoting all wellness activities under a single brand name
  • Having a formal written, strategic plan with financial objectives
  • Active participation by senior leadership in the wellness program

Employers that permit spouses to participate reported an average employee participation rate that was twice as high as the rate for other employers.  

The findings are included in the annual HERO Scorecard—an inventory of best practices for successful health management. The document is available at http://www.the-hero.org.  Choose the “Scorecard” link.

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