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What Do the Updated Blood Pressure Recommendations Mean for Outcomes-Based Wellness Initiatives?

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released new guidelines that LOWER the at-risk threshold for blood pressure (BP). The guidelines eliminate the “prehypertension” category, instead classifying BP as either “Elevated” (120-129 and <80), “Stage I hypertension” (130-139 or 80-89) and “Stage II hypertension” (>140/90 mm Hg).

The new guidelines are designed to support clinical care and treatment of hypertension, but what is the impact for outcomes-based wellness programs? To consider this, we go back to the recommendations and note that the new lower definition of hypertension should not be defined in a vacuum, but rather by using trended BP measurements over time. The ACC is careful to point out that more than one reading is needed to determine true BP.

US Wellness recommends that the use of BP in outcomes allow for a variability factor when BP is based on a one-time screening result....

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US Wellness CEO Presents at 2017 Maryland Healthcare & Retirement Plan Summit

US Wellness' CEO and Founder Tori Tomlinson recently presented at the 2017 Maryland Healthcare & Retirement Plan Summit where Baltimore area Benefit and HR Directors gathered to learn about retirement and healthcare plan best practices.  Hosted by NFP, the Summit focused on the following areas of discussion:

  • Convergence of Healthcare & Retirement
  • De-risking Pensions
  • What Every Fiduciary Needs to Know
  • Ask the Experts – Local & National Professional Panel
  • Key Industry Trends Panel
  • RFP Best Practices

Tori was pleased to present to over 150 HR professionals on the link between health and retirement, and the long term benefits of bringing wellness and health promotion programs to the workplace.  To learn more about these benefits and how to start or expand your corporate wellness program services, drop us a

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Five Tips for Launching a Successful Biometric Screening Program

Biometric screenings are a core and critical component of a successful wellness program that can be a powerful motivator for change.  They quickly and accurately help people identify their unique health risks, provide members a live health coaching opportunity with a qualified health care professional, and move people to take action towards improving their health. 

Planning and scheduling biometrics requires significant logistics management and without careful planning, can quickly become overwhelming.  Here are five tips to setting up a biometric screening program that runs smoothly and seamlessly from start to finish.

Tip 1: Outsource Logistics Coordination

Once you’ve decided to schedule a biometric screening program, find a wellness partner who can take on all planning and logistics coordination.  The best wellness partner will take care of all setup and coordination necessary to execute the screening program.  This includes being...

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US Wellness Celebrates 20 Years in Business!

Twenty years ago I founded US Wellness with the idea that we could help people live happier, healthier lives by providing health education services where people live, work and play.  We were at the forefront of a wellness revolution in 1997!

Through our service to employers, retailers, and community organizations, we have touched millions of people nationwide. Our health care professionals have inspired thousands to live healthier, more meaningful and productive lives.  We couldn’t be prouder of the work that we do every day and the impact we have on the lives and families of so many Americans.  

A primary factor in our success is our focus on quality and superior customer service. In thinking back to some of our early days there is one memory that stands out vividly.  In response to a call to action by Oprah Winfrey and Walgreens, we supported a week-long diabetes awareness screening program in over 3,500 pharmacies across the US.  It just so happened that...

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How to reach across the generational gap in wellness

Let’s face it: millennials have a bad reputation in the workforce.  Often labeled as entitled, impatient, and always multitasking, millennials are seeking a “work-life” balance (often with most of the emphasis on life!). But as our workforce continues to age, millennials are here to stay. And employers with a wellness program are now tasked with designing a program that meets the unique needs of a multigenerational workforce.

A 20-something worker just out of college has different priorities and health risks than someone who has been in the workforce for several decades, and most wellness programs don’t have extra room in their budgets to offer programs that appeal to each generation.  So, how do you do it?

Here are some of the ways that we can reach all generations with our wellness programming:

  • Play to your strengths – Each generation comes with unique talents and strengths – take advantage of that! ...
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You are one of the key drivers in a total lifestyle change of my wife and myself. Together we lost 60 pounds and have kept it off for 3 years. You help keep us accountable.

Written By Employee at Microsoft

Since switching to US Wellness from another vendor we have realized a 108% increase in wellness portal utilization in just six months and our total costs decreased by 40%!

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I LOVE US Wellness. The wellness portal has so many resources and I love how automated everything is.

Written By unknown2

Our onsite screening event could not have gone any better. The staff was wonderful and the event flowed smoothly and no one had to wait. The US Wellness lead was very thorough in her communications and expectations of her staff.

Written By unknown3

I’m so impressed with this team from start to finish! We appreciate the responsiveness and collaboration. You all do such a great job!

Written By unknown4

On behalf of the entire team, thank you for another successful implementation. It seems like we launched this program just the other day and here we are all wrapped up. I also want to express my satisfaction with the physician form process that you managed this year. The process was very smooth.

Written By unknown5

I love working for US Wellness as a health screener. You always provide me with the information I need to do my job well at the screening events. Thank you for helping me do a great job!

Written By unknown7

We’ve had such positive feedback on the US Wellness team. They are always on time, very professional, and very efficient. We are very pleased with the quality of service!

Written By unknown8

The biometric screening events are going really well and your team as always is on top of it. Thanks for being such a great partner!

Written By unknown9

We could not have asked for a better team than the one led by US Wellness this last week during our screenings.  They showed up early, were efficient, and all had very positive and helpful attitudes.  They were a great team and provided the City employees with first class service.  I am positive they had an impact on several employees who will hopefully use this screening as a motivator for better health … I know it will be a motivator for me!  They represented US Wellness as a top notch, customer focused group and we could not have been more pleased with their work.

 

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On behalf of Syniverse, I would like to thank you and your team for a successful biometrics screening event. Most importantly, we appreciate the exceptional service your screening team gave our employees. We look forward to another successful event next year!

Written By Warren

I just wanted to thank you for allowing me to work for US Wellness.  I have to tell you that after many years of working with several different wellness companies, your company US Wellness is by far one of the best. I was so impressed with how organized you all are and how pleasant everyone was to work with. When the equipment arrived...everything was included...and when I had a problem with one shipment d/t UPS problem, you took care of it right away. Leesa was lovely to speak with before and after the event too...as was David..so thanks again.

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