Be Colorado health screenings see healthy increase in participation

Winners of 10 electric-assist bicycles announced
Be Colorado Screenings

E. Jill Pollock, vice president of Employee and Information Services and chair of the University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust, with two of the electric-assisted bikes won by employees.

Be Colorado held 17 health screenings across the university in October and early November, with 1,844 participants, a 50 percent increase in participation over last year. The screenings provided participants important baseline biometric health information in a convenient and confidential way.

E. Jill Pollock, vice president of Employee and Information Services and chair of the University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust (Trust), says she’s pleased to see the increase in participation, but would like to see even more employees taking advantage of the Be Colorado Wellness program.

“We have some really cool things to introduce as part of the Be Colorado wellness program this spring and into the future. In conjunction with our Health Risk Assessment and digital health coaching, we will be launching a personal mission discovery tool after the new year,” Pollock said. “This tool has been used very successfully at the Human Performance Management Institute to help people set and maintain long-term health and achievement goals.

“We have also been hard at work developing an incentivized movement plan that will reward participants for meeting monthly exercise goals. Participants can meet goals in ways that best match their personal exercise priorities – whether walking, playing tennis, trail running, bicycling or in a gym. We’ll be using great online tools to track participation, and we’re working on employee discount programs at many local gyms and campus recreation centers to make that pathway more affordable.”

In addition to these, the Be Colorado team is looking to launch Weight Watchers at Work this spring, and is developing for fiscal year 2014 a smoking cessation program. The University of Colorado Health and Welfare Trust also is exploring ways to extend the Be Colorado wellness program to all employees and to all dependents of plan participants.

And congratulations to university employees James Parmenter (UCCS), Dorothy Moon and Colin Spaulding (CU-Boulder), Paul MacLean and Brent Pedersen (Anschutz Medical Campus), Ernest Porps (CU Denver), the three UCH employees and one from UPI, each of whom won a new electric-assisted bike for simply participating in this fall’s Be Colorado health screenings.

The Be Colorado team looks forward to even more participation in upcoming spring events, and we encourage you to explore our website, http://www.becolorado.org, to learn more about great wellness events across the university and to help us build a lively and active online wellness community.

 

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2 Responses to Be Colorado health screenings see healthy increase in participation

  1. Barry Northrop says:

    While I laud the purpose of the Be Colorado health screening program, I have not heard how this is intended to dovetail with annual health screenings at one’s personal doctor or health care provider. Is it either/or? Does it make sense to do both, or one or the other?

    • mark.gelband@cu.edu says:

      Barry – Thanks so much for the feedback. All employees on a university health plan have annual preventive care visits covered at 100% before deductible or after copay. Unfortunately, a large percent of employees do not take advantage of this feature of our health plans. The health screenings can be a convenient alternative to an annual preventive care visit. We send two confidential copies of results to participants, so they can share them at their discretion with their health care provider.

      It is not necessarily one or the other or both though. That really depends on an individual’s health state, how regularly he or she sees the physician and the relative importance and frequency for that individual of getting baseline tests. For instance, one may see his or her physician and find out that his or her blood pressure or cholesterol are higher than they should be. He or she makes changes for six months and wants to gauge how well he or she is doing. Someone else may not have time in a year to visit their doctor. The health screenings provide that very convenient way to get regular preventive tests one would likely get by visiting the doctor.

      By offering screenings in the fall (along with a free flu shot), if an employee also is a health plan participant and chooses to take the confidential health assessment early in 2013, the person can upload the screening results for a more complete report on personal health.

      As an employer, we want to raise awareness of all the ways employees can be more conscientious of their current health state, make it easier for them to learn about that, and support them in their wellness goals. The health screenings are one way of helping.

      Thanks again for the feedback. Have a happy and healthy holiday season.

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