We have partnered with our health insurance provider, Blue Cross, to help us with our wellness program this year. We held a health fair for our employees and their dependents. Each employee was offered free screenings for blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and the men were offered psa screens. The employees were then given an opportunity for a one-on-one session with a nurse to talk about their test results. There were also booths at the health fair that focused on nutrition, weight loss programs, etc.
Additionally this year we offered smoking cessation classes/workshops for employees. We have had several lunch and learn sessions focused on nutrition, diabetes management, etc.
Through our health insurance plan, we offer a physical to all insured once a year and pay most of the cost.
There are several companies who will assist with organizing low-cost wellness fairs for your employees. Most local doctors, optometrists, chiropractors, etc... will be more than happy to attend and even give discounts on future services in exchange for the free advertising and one-on-one time with potential customers. Giving flu shots, while not free, is low cost and your employees will appretiate that as well. Just be sure that you know how many are going to want it in advance and that you get a signed waiver from each employee.
The one we held last November did really well with our employees and we're looking to expand to even more services this year.
UHC has a good, but small Wellness Program.
If you don't mind sharing the information...I am curious as to the cost per employee to partner with Blue Cross. That is who our company has for a carrier, but I have not yet looked into this option? Was your experience favorable with Blue Cross?
In your message you stated "Each employee was offered free screenings for blood glucose, cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure and the men were offered psa screens." Who actually paid for the costs of the screening and for the one-on-one session with the nurse to discuss their results? How much did the screenings cost?