Wellness @ Case

Keeping people healthy and well is critical to the University’s productivity and will make a significant difference in peoples’ daily lives.  Not only do people experience better health when focused on enhancing their level of wellness, they are able to be more productive at work, are absent less often and tend to use health care less frequently.

Over the years, the cost of health care has steadily increased. National health spending is expected to reach $4.6 trillion by 2020 and will comprise 19.8% of the GDP according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Many of the leading causes of death, illness and disability are due to modifiable and potentially avoidable behaviors. Case Western Reserve University views implementation of a university wide wellness program  as a necessity. On behalf of the University Administration, the wellness team invites you to share in our enthusiasm as we move toward an enhanced wellness program targeted to improve the health and wellbeing of each and every CWRU employee. Our goal is to promote healthy lifestyles to enhance a positive, successful, supportive, energetic and healthy workplace.

Exciting wellness opportunities for faculty and staff on the Benelect medical plan were available during fall 2013:  Health Risk Appraisal, Biometric Screening and Tobacco Attestation Form.  Completion of these three opportunities enabled faculty and staff covered by the Benelect medical plan to receive a $25 per month premium incentive during 2014. We are focusing our program on the behaviors that most significantly impact health expense. By incenting people to engage in more healthy behaviors, health and well-being should increase and we expect that cost containment and savings will occur over time for the university and individuals.

Current Wellness Participant Checklist (receiving monthly incentive during 2014)

New Wellness Participant Checklist (also applies to Jan. – June 2014 New Hires)

If you have ideas that you would like to share regarding the wellness initiative, please e-mail them to elizabeth.click@case.edu.

Healthy wishes,

Elizabeth Click, ND, RN, CWP
Medical Director, CWRU

Notice of Reasonable Alternative Standard: If a medical condition makes it unreasonably difficult for you to achieve the standards for the incentive under this program, or if it is medically inadvisable as determined by your physician or health care provider for you to attempt to achieve the standards for the incentive under this program, contact wellness@case.edu to request a reasonable alternative standard, and we will work with you to provide another way to qualify for the incentive. Recommendations of your physician or health care provider will be considered and accommodated in developing an alternative standard that is reasonable in light of your health status.