Many of us started the year with a(nother) resolution to focus on our health. Believe it or not, you may find lots of help in achieving wellness goals from work. Yes, work.
From healthy options in the cafeteria or vending machines, to wellness coaching through an employee assistance program, you’ll find some significant support as you take steps to a healthier you. That’s because your company is invested in you and wants you to be healthy and productive in both your personal and professional lives.
Here are some tips for making the most of what’s available to achieve your wellness goals.
Maximize Use of Preventative Services to Achieve Wellness Goals
Start by maximizing the use of preventative services in your medical plan. Annual wellness visits, screenings and immunizations are covered 100 percent in all health plans under provisions of the Affordable Care Act. These services will ensure that you’re watching for any significant health issues and taking steps to ward off preventable illnesses.
Understand What Medical Benefit Options Are Available to You
Next, look deeper into the medical options that are provided to you. You may have access to a health assessment review that can help guide you in developing a regimen to achieve your wellness goals. By sharing the results of the assessment with your healthcare provider or resources at work such as a health coach, you can enlist their expertise and guidance too.
Medical benefit options will vary widely depending on the plans that are available to you, and the new year may mean your coverage has changed. Take time to read the materials or talk with your HR department, so you can make sure you’re getting the most from what’s available. This includes any vision and dental coverage.
As part of this review, see if your employer offers an employee assistance programs (EAP). EAPs provide tools for a healthy mind, body and spirit, which can help you with your wellness goals. These can include counseling services, as well as access to health management programs at little or no cost to you. Or if overspending during the holidays has left you stressed over credit card debt, you may find some financial counseling resources in your EAP as well.
If you work for a larger company, you may have an onsite fitness center or receive vouchers to join a community facility or studio. Not a fan of elliptical machines or free weights? Then make a pact with a friend to walk the track a few times a week to help further your wellness goals. Research continues to show that it’s movement, period, that makes the difference, not the intensity or duration.
Find a Wellness Partner
Finally, the best wellness benefit you’ll find at work is probably sitting near you. Ask a friend to join you in a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. Or make it a team or department effort. Together you can encourage each other to stay focused on your goals and also share in the rewards.
But know that your company is with you in this effort. That’s why you’ll find these health and wellness gems in your workplace benefits. Use them for a healthier you.
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