Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

Healthy Workplace - A History

Is Your Workplace Healthy?

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi made a commitment to its employees over 20 years ago to promote healthy living each and every day by providing an environment that supports healthy eating, daily exercise, being tobacco free, and "knowing your number.s" This commitment was so successful that partnerships have been made with companies around the state of Mississippi to help them create their own Healthy Workplace.

What Will This Partnership Include?

Once a partnership with the BCBSMS Worksite Wellness Team is established and the business makes the commitment, the planning and implementation process begins.

With the help of an assigned Health & Wellness Coordinator, businesses are provided with quality service to help them lay the foundation for their worksite wellness initiative. Those steps include the following:

  • Health & Wellness Committee: We begin by helping the business establish a committee that supports worksite wellness initiatives.
  • Worksite Tour: Our staff will conduct a worksite tour to assess the culture and environment and potential opportunities for added improvement in nutrition, exercise and ergonomics.
  • Culture Assessment: Obtaining feedback from the employees on wellness and their perspective of the current environment is completed through a culture assessment offered by our team.
  • Leadership Training: Our staff provides training to management on all wellness initiatives.
  • Employee Kickoff: Our staff will help announce and promote new wellness offerings through employee meetings and events.
  • Health Risk Assessment & Onsite Biometric Screenings: Our team assists businesses in planning and implementing our process for capturing the top needs and interests of the group as a whole.
  • Annual Reporting & Trends: Based on data compiled and reported specific to the Group partner, we determine what type of wellness interventions to offer to the employees.
  • Wellness Intervention: Based on the Group's data, we customize our wellness offerings to also include promotion of the current wellness benefits, Healthy You!, Be tobacco-free, myBlue and the Nurse Advice Line.
Proven Success!

We continue to see success year after year with our Group partnerships. Based on data from our current Group partnerships, of those employees that participated in a worksite health screening or provided their Healthy You! numbers, we found the following:

58 percent of employes had healthy blood pressure, 96 percent of employees had healthy cholesterol levels, 26 percent of employees were at a healthy weight, and 84 percent of employees had healthy blood sugar levels. Is Your Workplace Healthy?

Your employees are your most important asset, so it's important to invest in their health and the health of your business. Seventy-five percent of all healthcare costs are attributed to lifestyle behaviors. Worksite wellness done right can yield some very positive results.

Preventive Medicine supported by healthy behaviors can impact:

Obesity by 90 percent, cardiovascular diseases by 80 percent, type two diabetes by 80 percent, and types of cancers by 60 percent.

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