ValueOptions(R) Culture of Health Strategy Boosts Employee Health and Corporate Bottom Lines

Thursday, August 19, 2010 Corporate News
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NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 18 ValueOptions®, the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, introduces its culture of health (COH) initiative -- an innovative engagement strategy that promotes good employee health while lowering health care costs, reducing absenteeism and boosting employee productivity.

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In order to drive long-term, sustainable results, ValueOptions® Culture of Health focuses on both the individual and the organization. It gives individuals the tools to achieve complete physical, mental and social well-being, coupled with corporate support for the promotion of good health.

"A culture of health program helps employers optimally manage health and wellness for their employees," said Ed Jones, executive vice president of the ValueOptions® commercial division, which launched this initiative to support employers. "It's a win-win situation for both employer and employee."

Lifestyle changes are difficult to make, Jones said. While 80 percent of Americans tried to make major lifestyle changes (smoking cessation, weight loss, etc.) last year, only 10 percent to 20 percent were even partially successful. That failure is due to factors such as stress, a lack of support or poorly defined goals. A culture of health significantly increases the number of successes.

The ValueOptions® program recognizes that people typically spend more than 40 hours a week at work - hours filled with environmental and social influences that impact individual behaviors, both positively and negatively. A culture of health builds partnerships - between employers, employees and their co-workers - important to an individual's success at work, at home and in the community.

The ValueOptions® COH website offers a wealth of information and tools, including:

ValueOptions® has more than 30 years of health care experience, making it a premier source of health care solutions, such as building and sustaining a culture of health. ValueOptions® is available to consult with organizations on strategic development, team building, action planning and program design and/or resource mobilization and deployment.

About ValueOptions®, Inc.

ValueOptions® Inc., the nation's largest independent behavioral health and wellness company, provides services to more than 23 million individuals through a variety of contracts with state and county agencies and, additionally, with health plans and employers. ValueOptions® is a national behavioral health and wellness company that specializes in management for all behavioral health issues and promotes health and wellness through innovative programs. ValueOptions® mission is to improve the health and wellness for the people it serves.

-- A survey tool to assess a company's current health culture -- A high-risk factors map outlining health issues that worksites may face in their communities -- Tested best practice examples for creating a culture of health

SOURCE ValueOptions, Inc.

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