Starting employees on the journey toward developing healthier lifestyles and encouraging them to stay the course is easy with UPMC WorkPartners’ annual incentive campaign platform for health improvement — Take a Healthy Step.
Take a Healthy Step provides an engaging context within which employees can choose from an array of “healthy steps” — activities and services designed to improve and maintain health. Most activities are simple and easy to complete, such as getting a flu shot, working with a health coach, or getting a vision or dental exam. Each healthy step rewards employees with incentive points that can qualify them for prize drawings throughout the year. Points can also be credited toward annual health insurance deductibles and can be used for other incentives defined by employers.
Take a Healthy Step benefits both employees and employers. Employers determine the goals, requirements, and incentives for employees and can adjust as needed in order to maintain employee interest. Employees can take a proactive role in their health, which helps control benefit costs and keep employee premiums manageable. Over time, Take a Healthy Step helps employers build a culture of health and wellness through reduced employee population health risk and related costs, decreased absenteeism and presenteeism, and increased workplace productivity.
Take a Healthy Step is adaptable to any employee population. All activities can be offered or just a select few. Unique activities of interest to your employees, such as use of the on-site gym or participation in company-sponsored events, can easily be incorporated into Take a Healthy Step to drive employee interest and engagement.
How It Works
Employees begin the Take a Healthy Step journey by completing the MyHealth Questionnaire, an online assessment tool. This questionnaire provides an overall health score based on employee responses and suggests specific Healthy Step activities. A recommended biometric screening provides important information that complements the information gathered from the MyHealth Questionnaire. Screenings can uncover hidden health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These initial assessments offer employees a snapshot of their current health.
All activities are tracked and reported online. The platform helps employers track member engagement in and completion of activities and incentive points earned, freeing Human Resources personnel from having to track points manually.