Oct 06 2015

Approaches to Wellness: Participatory or Outcomes Criteria?

Tracking an employee’s engagement with a wellness program is typically broken into two main categories: participatory requirements and outcomes-based requirements. Often, to include everyone, you need to have aspects of both. So let’s break them down a little.


Participatory-Based Requirements

Can include the following categories and examples:

Health Coaching

  • Meet with health coach 10 times each year
  • Participate in a group health coaching session every week

Education Sessions

  • Attend 6 “Lunch and Learn” sessions each year
  • Provide a report of a wellness-related event attended in community

  Community Services
  • Do 3 hours of community involvement each quarter
  • Volunteer at company-sponsored charity event

Preventative Medicine
  • Have your physician sign off that you have had an annual physical
  • Get an annual flu shot

Outcomes Based Requirements

Can include the following categories and examples:

Healthy Blood Pressure
  • Maintain a healthy blood pressure at annual health screen OR
  • Show progress towards achieving a healthy blood pressure at health screen


Healthy Cholesterol

  • Maintain a healthy blood cholesterol panel at annual health screen OR
  • Show progress towards achieving a healthy blood cholesterol at health screen


Cardiovascular Fitness

  • Achieve a normal or above-normal score for cardiovascular fitness based on age/sex OR
  • Improve on previous score for cardiovascular fitness


This is a brief overview of these two categories, and each approach has pros and cons. The most important thing to note is that both will target and help different portions of your employee population, and that’s why we like to incorporate both aspects of each into our custom wellness programs.

With the current changes in healthcare, many companies are focusing their efforts on one or the other, and are not seeing the success they thought they would. Your wellness program needs to be tailored to your organization’s unique needs, and should be handled by experts to ensure legal compliance and success. For more information, see last week’s post on out-sourcing wellness programs, or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


 

Katie Buehrle

Certified Athletic Trainer