Current Company: MidMichigan Health - University of Michigan Health Systems
Job Title: Manager Employee Wellness
Industry Type: Health Care
Years in the Field: 25 Years (8 years in current position)
Organization Size: 4800+ Employees
MidMichigan Health’s largest employee wellness intervention is a risk reduction program called “My Healthy Steps” (MHS).Employees are screened for Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). MetS is a cluster of 5 risk factors; employees who have 3 or more of these 5 risk factors present are considered at a significant higher risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
This is a participation base program in which employees can earn the “wellness rate” on their medical plan premium. The savings range from $300-$800 per year depending on the health plan they are enrolled in. The program runs for 12 weeks and may include, free of cost; 6 WellCoach sessions, 12 weeks of Weight Watchers on-line, a consultation with a dietitian or diabetes educator, tobacco cessation and NRT, unlimited Reiki sessions, and either a 12 week membership to our on-site fitness center or 6 personal training sessions. The above opportunities are often mixed and matched to meet the individual interests of the employee.
We consistently screen about 2000 employees during the HRA campaign annually.
In 2011 we piloted our first MHS program. We had 436 employees screen for MetS (about 22% of the population).
In 2013, 283 individuals were screened for MetS (about 14% of the population).
Comparing MHS risk factors from 2011 to 2013;
In 2013 MHS post-screening results showed;
The 7 Benchmarks; though we have addressed all 7 benchmarks the three below have the most impact right now.
I have participated with Weight Watchers, worked with a personal trainer and a Wellness Coach. Even though I have been active my entire life and work out daily, that isn’t always enough. We all need a little support and encouragement along the way! I lead side by side with our employees not in front of them.
I have many mentors that are instrumental in my “business” leadership skills. I have taken several leadership workshops including; performance reviews, goal setting, meeting structure, motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, Myers-Briggs personality type, 360 evaluation processes, etc… I have read several books including; Emotional Intelligence and Strengths Finder. Internet resources; VIA Institute on Character, Positivity Ratio and WELCOA are great.
Be a life-long learner. Surround yourself with successful people; observe both those you admire and those you don’t. What characteristics do they have that you want to emulate (or not!). Be patient, believe in what you do. Corporate wellness is a leap of faith; be patient, persevere and believe in what you do.
My vision for Health Promotion as an industry, I think is the same as what our purpose and objective is here at MidMichigan Health for Health Promotion. Substitute (community, population, individual, culture) for employee and families.