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Engaging Employees for Better Health

By Essilor News

With the new year in full swing, many people are acting on their resolution to get healthier in 2018. Essilor of America is helping employees do just that by offering a multi-faceted health improvement program that focuses on engaging and empowering employees to take an active and informed role in managing their overall health. The program – available as part of Essilor’s employee benefits package – includes weight management, annual preventive health visits, musculoskeletal pain management treatment, onsite biometric screenings, and a Personal Health Assistant (PHA) service that focuses on high-risk employees who are not engaging in the healthcare system.

Ryan Murry, Director of Benefits, Essilor of America, explains why the company added the PHA service into the company’s existing health initiatives. “We started the PHA program in early 2017 and rolled it out as a pilot program for employees and their spouses who were most likely to benefit from a PHA. The personalized one-on-one PHA program facilitates education about and engagement in other programs that Essilor offers and that were implemented in 2016 or 2017 such as Naturally Slim, MyEvive, Catapult, Airrosti and RN Cancer Guides.”

Essilor’s comprehensive program is working. In 2017, the company’s medical costs decreased by 7.6 percent and prescription drug expenses dropped by 3.6 percent. These are especially impressive results given that the market forecast was a seven to 10 percent increase in year-over-year medical costs.

The company’s modern approach to employee healthcare has been recognized by the non-profit Texas Business Group on Health, which named Essilor the winner of the first Texas Star Benefits Award. The award recognizes and honors an outstanding Texas employer for its commitment to a healthy, engaged and productive workforce through innovative benefits and wellness programs that advance employee health, informed healthcare decision-making and overall healthcare value.

“Essilor stood out from the other nominees for the new Texas Star Benefits Award because of its innovative approach to engaging and motivating employees to take an active role in managing their health,” said Marianne Fazen, TBGH president and CEO. “The company’s Personal Health Assistant service impressed the judges for its uniqueness, its seamless integration with other employee health improvement programs, and the measurable impact on employees in managing in their own health. The fact that Essilor experienced an impressive reduction in overall medical and pharmacy costs in 2017 tied directly to the PHA service put the company in the winner’s circle.”

To learn more about the award, click here to read the full press release from the Texas Business Group on Health.