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. The wellness team invites you to share in our enthusiasm for the wellness program. Our goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of faculty and staff and to promote a positive, successful, supportive, energetic and healthy workplace.
Wellness activities for faculty and staff were available during fall 2014: Health Risk Appraisal, Biometric Screening and Tobacco Attestation Form. Completion of those three activities by benefits-eligible faculty and staff will lead to $25 incentive paid monthly during 2015. Additional program incentives will be available during the year. 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.
If you have ideas that you would like to share regarding the wellness initiative, please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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.