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The December CVS eNewsletter is Here!

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Top stories from the December CVS eNewsletter!

2015 is coming to a close and with the New Year right around the corner employers and employees are setting new goals…both in and out of the workplace. Many of those goals almost habitually revolve around getting (or staying) healthy. Now this doesn’t always mean skipping the extra piece of birthday cake at the office or fitting 30 minutes of cardio into your routine. It can also mean creating a more work-life balance. The reason employers should pay close attention to helping employees meet or exceed these work-life balance goals is simple, it benefits the person and the organization as a whole.

This December CVS eNewsletter focuses on ways you can help your employees keep their health top of mind in the New Year, along with all the latest CVS news. It also explains some tips and resources about the rewards and incentives that fit best for your wellness program to not only foster success but also set a culture of wellness within your organization.

CVS in the News

cvs healthCVS/pharmacy Providing Comprehensive Health Care Coverage Support – CVS/pharmacy is offering a range of health insurance tools & resources to help consumers learn about health care coverage options.

 

Family Physicians Join With CVS Health to Improve Coordination – This initiative will advocate for patients access to coordinated continuous care to ensure all consumers have access to a primary care provider.

 

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Health & Wellness News

CVS December enewsletterMindful Eating Tips to Remember During the Holiday Season – Holiday traditions usually revolve around food. Here are a few helpful eating tips to cultivate healthy eating habits throughout the year.

 

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5 Ways to Preempt Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a serious form of depression that can impact a person’s health and productivity. Help manage seasonal blues in your workforce.

 

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CVS/pharmacy Gift Card Product Suite

With more than 7,800 locations, CVS/pharmacy is the most convenient place to get the prescription medications, health care, and beauty products you need. CVS/pharmacy has a range of gift cards available that are ideal for using as the rewards and incentives in your wellness programs. Contact us today to learn more.

Discounts are also available based on volume!

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The CVS/pharmacy quarterly eNewsletter is brought to you by GiftCard Partners, Inc. and is designed with your needs in mind.

Jennifer DiPietro has been managing B2B gift card programs since 2010. A lover of social media, she has recently decided to get back into blogging as well as delve deeper into the world of marketing. Native to New England, she enjoys the beauty of the coast, but also loves the cold, snowy winters. She is obsessed with Boston sports and the Denver Broncos.

The CVS/pharmacy October eNewsletter is Out!

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Top stories from the CVS/pharmacy October eNewsletter!

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While the change of seasons brings us relief from the summer heat, we also start to see an increase in illness. October is the start of flu season, and on average, your employees will lose almost 3 days of work from the flu. Each flu season results in approximately $7 billion in lost productivity.

This edition of the CVS/pharmacy October eNewsletter is focused on combating flu season in your workplace. Whether you are an employer or an employee, we provide you with the best ways to keep your workforce healthy. In addition, we bring you all the latest CVS news.

CVS in the News

CVS Health launches ScriptSync™ for patients who have multiple prescriptions. The 24/7 services uses innovative online support tools to send patient reminders via phone or text and offers same day pickup.

The tobacco-free decision shows a positive impact. September marks the first anniversary of ending the sale of tobacco at more than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S.

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Health & Wellness News

Stopping the spread of germs at work. The Society for Human Resource Management has created a sample policy to help employees learn to stop the spread of germs at the office.

Interested in providing flu shots at work but not sure what to do next? Let us help!

Can corporate wellness be your competitive advantage? TotalWellness explains the advantages to having a successful corporate wellness program.

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CVS/pharmacy Gift Card Product Suite

We can’t talk about flu season without bringing up the CVS/pharmacy Flu Shot eGift Card. This eGift card allows recipients to redeem for one flu shot at any of the more than 7,800 CVS/pharmacy locations across the U.S.

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CVS/pharmacy has a range of gift cards available in bulk at discount pricing. Contact us today to learn more.

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Jennifer DiPietro has been managing B2B gift card programs since 2010. A lover of social media, she has recently decided to get back into blogging as well as delve deeper into the world of marketing. Native to New England, she enjoys the beauty of the coast, but also loves the cold, snowy winters. She is obsessed with Boston sports and the Denver Broncos.

Does Your Workplace Wellness Program Diagnose Chronic Conditions?

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According to a new survey from HealthMine, 46% of employees who were diagnosed with a chronic condition like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes over the last two years discovered their condition through a workplace wellness program. That’s almost half! This makes wellness programs a no brainer. For employees, diagnosing chronic conditions allows them and their healthcare providers to handle the condition, manage it, mitigate it and prevent it from getting worse.

For employers, it allows employees the chance to manage their condition which in turn lowers the total healthcare benefit costs. The other major advantage for employers- if employees are diagnosed with a condition in the context of a workplace wellness program, they are more willing to take biometric screenings for other preventable or manageable conditions. Learn what to screen for our the white paper, Building a Healthier Workforce through Early Detection here.

Here are a few more key stats from the survey:

  • 74% would submit to vision screenings
  • 73% would screen for high blood pressure
  • 69% would screen for high cholesterol
  • >50% would screen for hearing, BMI, and glucose screenings as well as standard cancer screenings

With figures like these well over 50% employers should be rushing to implement wellness programs throughout their workforce. When willingness to participate is high, ROI is high for employers. What are you doing to implement, maintain and bolster interest in your wellness program?


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Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.

Engagement in Health and Wellness Programs

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Employers are at all points on the learning curve when it comes to health and wellness programs. However, as employee engagement increases, so does employer health and wellness spending. The average per employee cost for health and wellness programs is up almost $100 over 2014 and the use of screenings and carrot rewards to boost engagement are also increasing.

The decreased use of “stick” disincentives along with the increased use of biometric benchmarking is making health and wellness programs more inviting to employees. According to a recent study of employers offering health and wellness programming in 2015:

  • 72% of respondents plan to offer screenings
  • 70% plan to offer assessments
  • And perhaps most importantly, 54% plan to offer physical activity programs

Engagement is key in health and wellness programs. A program’s success is singularly contingent upon employee participation. Getting employees excited and motivated about health and wellness increases productivity, employee loyalty and the overall success of the program. Increased engagement in health and wellness also provides a mutually beneficial decrease in cost to both employer and employee. Are your employees engaged in your health and wellness program?


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Finding the Right Wellness Program

As wellness programs become a mainstream part of HR programming, and a sought after employee benefit, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. Some employers are now building wellness programs to “check the box.” Adding a smoking cessation program, or a weight loss group to the office culture to help reduce insurance cost, or satiate the employee desire to get healthier. However, even if you plan to make a small investment in an employee wellness program, it’s important that you find the right options for your staff and for your bottom line.

Here are a few tips that will help you get your wellness program on track.

A Common Trend: Wellness programs are becoming a common trend. However, it’s still important to make sure there is an appetite for these types of benefits at your organization. Survey your employees to make sure they have interest and that there is going to be appreciation and participation in the programming before you invest.

Designing a Program That Works: Give the people what they want. Wellness programs can extend beyond health to include financial wellness, stress management and other types of programming. Make sure you know what your employees are looking for to set expectations appropriately and deliver on employee requests and suggestions.

Measurement and ROI: Don’t throw a program out there and let it flap in the wind. Make sure your HR team is constantly measuring success and getting feedback. This way you can make small changes and improvements to see big results while the program is running rather than needing to overhaul the program after a longer period of time.

For more information on how to find the right wellness program for your business check out this article from Entrepreneur.com.


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Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.

Healthy Workplace Programs Reduce Obesity

Healthy Workplace Programs

A recent study, led by an associate professor at the University of Rochester, finds that providing healthy workplace programs reduced the number of overweight or obese employees by almost 9%. The study was based on two years of research, studying almost 3,800 employees. The researchers instituted workplace programs to promote healthy eating and exercise at half of the work sites and no healthy programs at the other half.

The test group that had implemented healthy workplace programs promoted things such as revamped cafeteria offerings with fewer calories and smaller portions, free meals to those who made healthy food choices, workshops to share healthy recipes, walking clubs, upgraded gym facilities, and group activities.

Workplaces are great environments to modify food options and provide physical activity having the potential to reach a large number of adults. “This study shows in particular that when employees are empowered to help shape wellness programs, these programs appear to result in meaningful improvements to health” said Diana Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., lead author of the study.

The study tracked the workers’ BMI at the beginning and end of the two-year program. The number of workers considered overweight or obese increased by 5% over the group that did not offer healthy programs in the workplace. While the test group that had healthy programs decreased those considered overweight or obese by 4% — a net difference of 9%.

The full article can be read here at Incentive Magazine. The full study can be downloaded for a fee at The American Public Health Association.

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Jennifer DiPietro has been managing B2B gift card programs since 2010. A lover of social media, she has recently decided to get back into blogging as well as delve deeper into the world of marketing. Native to New England, she enjoys the beauty of the coast, but also loves the cold, snowy winters. She is obsessed with Boston sports and the Denver Broncos.

The Quick Start Guide to Corporate Wellness Programs

corporate wellnessCorporate wellness programs are a hot topic amongst corporate HR departments, especially given the incentives available through the newly minted Affordable Care Act rules that can provide discounts to employers and employees for healthy behavior. If you don’t have a corporate wellness plan, it’s time to put one in place. Healthier employees are more productive, and represent less financial risk to your organization.

Here are a few tips to help you get going.

  • How do I start? A great way to kick off your corporate wellness program is to offer optional biometric screenings. Give your employees a baseline to start from. It will be a great motivator in the beginning of the program and give them a milestone to look back on as they continue to improve those readings and live a healthier life.
  • What incentives do I offer? Small incentives can often be as effective as larger ones. Giving spot rewards to help promote a healthy lifestyle to retailers like CVS/pharmacy, Whole Foods Market and GNC are great ways to support employees while celebrating their healthy milestone.
  • What are the financial implications? 80% of an employee’s healthcare costs are incurred in the last 20% of their career timespan. This is a statistic that can be affected by employees who take a proactive stance on employee health. Corporate wellness programs may not totally change this statistic but they can help control corporate costs.

For more information on how to start your corporate wellness program check out this article from Smart Business Online.

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Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.

Healthy Employees are Good for Business

Every organization strives to have a strong workforce. They are looking for employees who can drive the business, build relationships and advance organizational goals. But creating those strong employees has to go beyond just business and into health and wellness. Ensuring that employees are exercising, eating right, and generally taking care of themselves by using their healthcare benefits will create a stronger workforce, both mentally and physically. Some of the numbers around employee health benefits are staggering. Investing in healthy employees can increase productivity and strengthen your business as a whole

Using health and wellness programs, as outlined in the Public Health Institute’s infographic below, increases productivity by minimizing employee’s time away from work. Focusing programs on preventing avoidable conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and high cholesterol invoke achievable goals for employees. Incentivizing these prevention program with small rewards help employees maintain a healthy lifestyle and are a great way to give your employees a boost, as they give your business a boost.

Download the brief here.

infographic outlining how health prevention leads to healthy employees

Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.

The Use of Health and Wellness Rewards Increases

New research from Mercer LLC shows a 3% increase in use of carrot style rewards in the context of health and wellness programs. These health and wellness rewards are largely tied to employees’ achieving a certain change or reaching a certain biometric range for preventable conditions like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. According to the research, 23% of large employers are using positive reinforcements as health and wellness rewards.

A Towers Watson study from September also indicates an increase in outcome-based health and wellness rewards, with 18% using them currently and 10% planning to add programs in 2015. While some health and wellness industry professionals believe the days of spot rewards are over, in favor of an organizational shift towards discounting insurance costs, this shift is only being observed by larger firms. While smaller businesses cannot absorb the financial impact of larger policy discounts, spot rewards offer an alternative with the potential to scale up or add larger rewards at a later date.

The increased use of health and wellness rewards at a variety of levels, from small spot rewards like gift cards to large discounts on health insurance, signals a larger trend. Health and wellness programs and health and wellness rewards are becoming a mainstream, integral part of the way benefits and healthcare are delivered from employers to employees. Health and wellness rewards has become a mechanism for employers to make healthcare more affordable for employees, while also ensuring their workforce is healthy and productive, and healthcare is also affordable at the organizational level.

For more information on health and wellness rewards and how they are being used, head over to BusinessInsurance.com.  

Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.

Employee Health Keeps Costs Low

Employee Health & WellnessIt’s the time of year for diets, gym membership renewals and for some, delusions of grandeur about a healthier year. The key is to turn that burst of enthusiasm into long-term healthy habits that help employees fall into routines that are here to stay for the long haul.

Healthy employees miss less work, and are more productive, focused and hungrier to move up and improve. So how can we bring good habits to employees that foster healthier, and ultimately stronger, contributors? The answer is simple. Bring the health and wellness initiative into the workplace.

From zumba classes at lunch and yoga happy hours, to health-conscious gift card reward options like CVS/pharmacy and Whole Foods Market for reaching weight loss goals or maintaining those habits, employee health and wellness is a win-win for the entire company.

While employees get healthier, healthcare costs get reduced for both employees and employers. One example of this is at USI insurance. If employees and spouses agreed to annual biometrics screenings, healthcare costs could drop as much as 30%. While some employees can find these screenings invasive, 89% of USI employees enrolled in the program, finding the discount to be worth the tradeoff of the screenings. The impact that the discount has on employees and their family budgets is significant, and they can attribute that financial relief to their employer.

If that’s not enough motivation to keep those new year’s resolutions, then I don’t know what is. For more information on the impact employee health has on your business and it’s staff, check out this article in the Orange County Register.

Rachel Merkin is a digital marketing professional. She has been exploring the worlds of social media and B2B gift cards since 2006. When she is not blogging, tweeting, or finding ways to leverage Facebook as a marketing tool, she spends as much time at the beach as she can.