Building a Healthy and Inclusive Workforce, 156 Million Steps and Counting

Building a Healthy and Inclusive Workforce, 156 Million Steps and Counting

Improving Operational Effectiveness
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Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 8:45am

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Our business is about empowering the people we serve by putting health insights into their hands, so it makes sense to start with ourselves. We want to help each employee and dependent know their health, improve their health, prevent illness and injury, access care appropriately and manage their health conditions. These are the five core areas of our award-winning HealthyQuest program, which, for the past decade, has been raising our collective health literacy and inspiring our colleagues and their families to make appropriate, healthy and lasting lifestyle choices and changes. We also know that fostering a culture of inclusion and high performance, building diverse teams and leveraging the unique talents in each of us, are key to our growth and sustainability.

More than 35,000 employees and their dependents participated in our Blueprint for Wellness® lab-based health risk assessment service, and in a new “Healthy Starts with Me” initiative for 2014, more than 1,000 Quest colleagues and their spouses completed our 10-week interactive FitQuest Vitality Challenge that makes it fun and easy to live a healthy lifestyle. Employees were rewarded with Vitality Bucks (redeemed for brand-name merchandise, products and travel) for completing exercise, preventive screenings and educational activities. Participants logged over 156 million total steps—the equivalent of walking around the earth three times—with each step being a step in the right direction for them and their families.

In addition, HealthyQuest Care Managers work with those in our workforce and families needing to better manage chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and asthma. All of these programs encourage and assist our employees and their families confidentially and voluntarily to improve their health and quality of life.

We’re continuing our “High Performance and WorkLife Wellbeing” initiative with internationally recognized work-life fit expert and Tweak It author Cali Yost, with additional training events and modules. We continue to build our cultural competencies and impact, with unconscious bias training and by focusing on strengthening the infrastructure and impact of our Employee Business Networks which, to date, support women, young professionals, veterans, LGBT, Hispanic, African-descent, and caregivers.