Types of wellness programs include nutrition, smoking cessation, pregnancy and maternity, and fitness programs, reports The Arizona Republic. Workplace health programs aim to promote healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes at the workplace by incorporating activities such as health education and coaching, medical screenings, and weight management programs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nutrition wellness programs incorporate group workshops, one-on-one counseling sessions, educational materials and healthy food options. Many companies encourage workers who smoke to enroll in individual smoking cessation programs. Insurance companies often offer lower life insurance and health premiums to people who agree to enlist, says The Arizona Republic. Identify employees who use tobacco by conducting tobacco screenings or employee health surveys, advises the CDC. The company can choose to refer the employees to external organizations or quitlines that provide smoking cessation services or invite a smoking cessation expert on site.
Pregnancy and maternity programs aim to reduce absenteeism and improve productivity by providing services such as pre- and postnatal counseling. Businesses promote fitness among their employees by offering memberships to fitness centers, on-site gyms, rebates on purchases of fitness equipment and employee work-out classes. Fitness programs promote teamwork, morale and productivity. Fit and healthy employees have a lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart attack and stroke, notes The Arizona Republic.