Wellness as a Family Activity


Several large companies, such as L.L. Bean, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and IBM, have seen a reduction in medical costs as a result of their wellness programs. You may have implemented a wellness program and hopefully you have seen positive results, too. Now, it may be time to take it to the next level and include the family.

We all know it is more difficult to diet or to stop smoking if you have a spouse at home who still smokes or who has a big slice of chocolate cake every night for dessert. And, we are constantly being told by the news media that childhood obesity is becoming a major problem. The entire family may benefit from a focus on a healthier lifestyle.

So, what about a wellness challenge for the entire family? The summer season would be the perfect time to kick off your program. You could establish a point system where each member of the family receives points for: losing pounds; walking, running, or jogging; participating in team sports; biking; taking exercise classes; climbing a 14-er; or whatever else your imagination suggests.

Incentives always increase participation, but they do not have to break the bank. Movie gift cards for the whole family, iTunes, miniature golf, water parks, and amusement park admissions are just a few suggestions. 

If your organization is looking for a way to reduce health care costs and encourage your employees to improve their health and that of their family, a wellness program may be the perfect motivator!