More than 70 percent of companies participating in the Hewitt survey offer programs in some, if not all, of these five major areas:
* Disease management/condition management programs that target common conditions, including asthma, cancer, diabetes and heart disease, with education and lifestyle counseling.
* Education and training programs that encourage employees to assume greater personal responsibility for their health choices and that promote healthy lifestyles. Much of this training is offered via the Internet or through company intranets.
* Health screenings and health risk assessments that are preventative programs designed to detect health risks that might lead to disease. Tests include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, mammograms, bone densitometry and more. Screenings and assessments may be offered at company health fairs or as part of a health insurance plan.
* Special programs that include adult flu vaccinations, pre-natal care and well-baby care, child immunizations, nurse/health hotlines, on-site health facilities and staff, and ergonomics.
* Additional initiatives such as health fairs, smoke-free workplaces, on-site fitness centers and classes, employer-sponsored sports events, smoke cessation programs, weight management programs, subsidized health club memberships, spending accounts for health promotion, and personal trainers.
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