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Wellness Counseling Helps Plan Member Turn Life Around

10/31/13

  03:48:05 pm, by MedBen5   , 241 words,  
Categories: Wellness

Wellness Counseling Helps Plan Member Turn Life Around

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Among the things MedBen has learned from offering a worksite wellness program is the beneficial effect of individual wellness coaching. Through one-on-one interaction with plan members who have certain specific diseases or risk factors, our team of RN Health Consultants have helped them to make crucial lifestyle changes.

A nurse coach with our wellness program recently shared this wellness episode with us (keeping the plan member’s name confidential), which demonstrates how positive reinforcement aided a woman with serious health issues:

Two years ago, a 48-year-old employee with hypertension and high cholesterol was contacted by an RN Health Consultant to offer individualized coaching. Repeated follow-up calls were scheduled, during which the RN monitored her progress and provided counseling and education.

On the most recent call, the employee told the RN that she had lost over 50 pounds through diet and exercise. Her doctor cut her blood pressue medication in half and she no longer takes cholesterol medication.

As the nurse notes, the specialized wellness coaching worked because it was done in combination with the plan member regularly seeing her family doctor. By offering a source of information and support while encouraging a “physician-first” relationship, worksite wellness can help plan members manage their condition or remedy it altogether. And healthier employees translates to a more productive workforce.

To learn more about how MedBen Worksite Wellness is benefiting employees and employers alike, contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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