Learn more about Healthy Incentives by calling (651) 662-1562; toll free at 1-888-878-0139 ext. 21562 or e-mail to Healthy_Incentives@bluecrossmn.com.
Rewarding better health
The unhealthy behaviors of the U.S. workforce cost employers an average of $670 per employee every year.1 When financially rewarded to improve their health status, employees are more likely to make a change – saving money for employers and employees – and improving health status. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is helping people get healthier through Healthy Incentives, an incentive program designed for groups with 51+ employees, to motivate and reward employees for healthy behavior.
You can help make a difference in your employees’ lives.
The cost of unhealthy
- Eighty-five percent of avoidable health care costs are linked with patient health behaviors.2
- Obesity costs private employers $45 billion annually in medical costs and lost productivity.3
- In 2009, the estimated direct and indirect cost of high blood pressure was $73.4 billion.4
- Smokers cost their employers $1,200 more per year in direct medical costs than non-smoking employees.5
In 2009, a large employer working with Blue Cross implemented a groundbreaking, evidence-based “culture of health” initiative combined with the Healthy Incentives program to help encourage healthy lifestyle choices amongst its employees.
- Culture of health – modified the workplace environment to encourage healthy lifestyle choices, based on evidence-based best practices and participation in health promotion events.
- Healthy Incentives program − employees were rewarded with a “buy down” on their monthly premium for passing health measures of a biometric screening and for taking a health assessment.
If you’re interested in incorporating Healthy Incentives into your workplace, call (651) 662-1562; toll free at 1-888-878-0139 ext. 21562 or e-mail to Healthy_Incentives@bluecrossmn.com.
1 Workforce Wellness Index, Thomson Reuters, 2011
2 HealthSciences Institute.
3 “What Employers Should Know about Obesity Research Report,” National Business Group on Health