Wellness Works Provides Resources for Employees to Live Healthy All Year
- Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Wellness Works employee wellness program offers a free membership to all CKHS employees and their spouses. The program is committed to helping members achieve a healthy lifestyle through health promotion and disease prevention, and motivating employees to take responsibility for their health.
- Crozer-Keystone Medical Plan/Select A provides 100 percent coverage for preventive screenings and an annual physical. It also covers one initial visit to a registered dietitian and three follow-up visits if you have certain medical conditions. The plan also offers up to $400 in annual fitness savings for exercising at the HealthplexÒ Sports Club.
- Wellness Works offers on-site fitness classes right after work (for only $3 per class), educational “lunch and learn” programs and indoor walking routes. Carebridge, Crozer-Keystone’s work/life and employee assistance program, offers a great online resource that includes wellness resources, tools, calculators, information, guidance and more.
Spring has finally sprung, which means that it’s time to break out of our winter cocoons and get active! Crozer-Keystone Health System’s Wellness Works employee wellness program is here to help you do just that and more.
Wellness Works offers a free membership to all CKHS employees and their spouses. The program is committed to helping members achieve a healthy lifestyle through health promotion and disease prevention, and motivating employees to take responsibility for their health.
One of the most popular offerings of Wellness Works is the Healthy Lifestyle Tracker, which enables members to earn points for certain health-related activities he or she completes — everything from having a yearly check-up to attending health fairs and working out at the gym. Members who collect a certain number of points are eligible for Healthy Lifestyle Incentives, which include T-shirts, movie tickets, a $100 American Express® Gift Card and other prizes.
Members who completed their 2009 Tracker in December were asked to “Take Responsibility for Their Health” by developing a personal wellness action plan for 2010 to improve their overall health. Members were also asked to identify what they considered to be the biggest obstacle in meeting their goals, and how they plan to overcome it.
The top five 2010 healthy goals specified by members were to lose weight, increase activity/exercise, read labels, drink more water and decrease portion size. The number-one obstacle listed was eating late at night and/or when bored – especially junk food and salty snacks.
Sandra Kuserk, registered dietitian at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, explains, “You should eat small, frequent, balanced meals during the day so you are not too hungry at night. If you are only eating because you are bored you should try to find something else to do! If you normally eat when you watch TV, don’t watch TV. Instead, do something to keep busy such as reading a book, cleaning the house, or working out with an exercise video. If you really are hungry, keep your snack healthy – you can’t go wrong with fresh fruit or a handful of nuts such as almonds or peanuts.”
Another obstacle identified by members was not eating healthy meals, both at home and when going out. Phyllis Carpoletti, clinical nutritionist at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, explains, “When dining out, eating healthy can be a real challenge, so we recommend choosing a non-creamy vegetable/bean packed soup and a salad with dressing on the side instead of a heavier meal. If you choose a heavier meal, ask for your doggie bag up front so you can take half home. At home, to develop your eye for portion-controlled sizes, use a ½ cup measuring cup for starchy foods like pasta, rice, corn, and beans. Limit these types of carbohydrates to 2 or 3 servings per meal. Choose whole grain carbohydrates for better nutrition. There’s more fiber, better blood sugar control, and you will feel fuller with less.”
Roseanne Leibhart, associate director of Medical Nutrition Therapy at Taylor Hospital, explains, “There is not one single healthy eating plan that works for everyone. The most successful people are the ones who work at developing strategies that fit their lifestyle. They need, however, to be armed with good information. I would encourage seeing a registered dietitian for professional advice on a healthy eating plan.”
Remember that you are not alone. Here are just a few of the resources available through the Crozer-Keystone Medical Plan/Select A to make it easier for you to meet your 2010 wellness goals:
- Let your physician help! Select A provides 100 percent coverage for preventive screenings and an annual physical – you just pay a low $5 employee or $10 dependent office visit copay.
- Schedule a visit with a registered dietitian. Select A covers one initial visit and three follow-up visits with a registered Crozer-Keystone dietitian if you have medical conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, or a GI disorder. On a limited basis, the Plan also covers nutrition counseling related to healthy weight maintenance. To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).
- Get paid to work out! Select A provides a $100 quarterly fitness reimbursement if you visit the Healthplex® Sports Club at least 24 times in a continuous three-month period, which can save you up to $400 per year.
- Check out the Connections Healthy Conversations program. The free programs include Getting Active, Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight, and additional programs on Healthy Thinking, Quitting Smoking, Sleeping Well, and Dealing with Lower Back Pain. For more information, call a Connections health coach at 1-877-32B-WELL or visit the “My Wellness” page of www.crozer-benefits.org.
- Join Wellness Healthful Ways at the Healthplex®. A wellness team that includes exercise specialists and other medical professionals will design a program specifically for you that will focus on decreasing body fat and developing lifelong healthy habits. The Select A Medical Plan reimburses part of your cost as you meet your goals. You do not have to be a Healthplex® member to join. Call (610) 328-8874 (16-8874) to learn more.
Other wellness-related resources that are available through Wellness Works include on-site fitness classes right after work (just $3 per class), educational “lunch and learn” programs and indoor walking routes. Carebridge, Crozer-Keystone’s work/life and employee assistance program, offers a great online resource that includes wellness resources, tools, calculators, information, guidance and more. A Carebridge counselor can also help you tackle the time management challenges that prevent many members from pursuing healthy lifestyle activities. Visit the “My Wellness” page of www.crozerbenefits.org or call 1-800-437-0911 to speak directly with a Carebridge counselor.
Joining and actively participating in the Wellness Works employee wellness program is just the first step toward a healthier lifestyle for you and your family members. Eugene Zegar, vice president of Human Resources for Crozer-Keystone, says, “Taking responsibility for our own health, both physically and emotionally, is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. Not only does it help avoid the downsides that come as a result of poor health, but it makes you feel better about yourself.”
This program supports the mission and goals of Wellness Works, which helps Crozer-Keystone employees, achieve a healthy lifestyle through health promotion and disease prevention. Employees who participate in these programs may be eligible to receive credit on their Healthy Lifestyle Trackers. For more information about Wellness Works, contact Susan Winkles at (610) 595-6387 or 19-6387.