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January 30, 2013
Strategies can boost employee health, wellness

Health and wellness programs and account-based insurance plans seem to be motivating employees to better understand and improve their health. Aon Hewitt, the National Business Group on Health, and The Futures Company surveyed more than 2,800 employees and dependents to learn what’s working.

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In results published in The Consumer Mindset Survey, 87 percent say their health is good, and only 23 percent say they are overweight or obese. Yet, more than half of those consumers actually report height and weight that categorize them as overweight or obese.

Getting workers and other consumers to take responsibility for their health is the challenge for employers. Account-based plans let employees see what health services cost, which has encouraged some to make better choices like seeking preventive care and choosing lower-cost options.

Taking a health risk questionnaire (also known as a health risk assessment) can help because it focuses on specific health needs. Incentives also play a role in getting workers to make lifestyle improvements, the survey found.

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