Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Local Employer Health Incentives Promote Wellness

“Employees of Cass County Electric can get up to $80 on a gift card each year by exercising, taking part in a 10-kilometer race, getting a yearly physical or having their teeth cleaned. Some of the electric cooperative’s 100 employees can also earn up to $400 annually for their flexible spending or health savings account by being tobacco-free, completing a health screening and having blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol readings within an acceptable range, or by learning about their health issues. ‘Our goal is to get people aware of it and get it taken care of,’ said Linda Otterson, manager of human resources. ‘We’re trying to do more of a reward-based program than a penalty program.’ Local incentive wellness programs aren’t as much about the number on the scale...

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