Salt Lake City Education Program Manager Stephanie Yau questioned the need for a colonoscopy but went in for her annual preventive screening anyway. The colonoscopy revealed cancer but early detection resulted in a successful outcome.
“We caught it early enough, we were able to deal with it and get rid of it, so that was a really good thing,” said Yau. “My philosophy is that prevention is always better than a remedy.”
Yau thought she was a sensible eater but she also agreed to participate in a nutrition program recently piloted in partnership with the City’s Human Resources Benefits Division and PEHP. She met with a nutritionist who asked her to keep a food diet for a week. The nutritionist suggested some major changes.
After twelve weeks of trying the new diet, Yau saw some amazing results, including:
- Dropping 18 pounds of body fat
- Gaining six pounds of muscle
- Reducing her waist by five inches
- Lowering her cholesterol.
“I feel better,” said Yau. “I walked away very happy with the results. It takes some discipline and determination but it’s worth it.”
New and improved wellness program
Mayor Jackie Biskupski recently announced the start of the new SLC360 wellness program that offers even more incentives for employees and their spouses to use preventative health care.
“This program will keep our employees healthier,” said Mayor Biskupski. “It will also save taxpayers from the catastrophic costs resulting from chronic diseases. Plus, employees will be more productive and have fewer sick days.”
The City’s new wellness program is designed to help employees and their families focus on preventative screenings. It also encourages participation in wellness challenges to promote lifestyle changes.
Employees and their spouses can earn up to $150 each during the plan year by participating in the new program. Incentives are given for completing various health challenges throughout the year such as: biometric assessments, health risk assessments, preventative screenings, educational courses, stress reduction, work life balance, financial education and much more.
“This directly impacts the employee’s pocket book and can save them money down the road in health care premiums,” said Carolyn Campbell, City Benefits Manager. “It also helps contain the overall cost for healthcare as the City pays for 95 percent of the premium for medical coverage.”
Impact for a police officer
Salt Lake City Police Officer Kyler Prettyman participated in the pilot program and said it had a positive impact on his life. “I figured that anything that would help you stay healthy is worth trying,” said the 19-year police veteran.
The program encouraged him to spend more time playing basketball with his sons after work. He said it also gives incentives for time spent playing, reading, learning new things and exercising.
Officer Prettyman said it is a great reminder to get off the couch and play with your kids.
He and his family have continued to play and exercise together even after the test program ended.
“I feel healthier when I get up and get around,” said Prettyman. “Everybody should do it. It’s free. It will help you relax more, exercise more and be a better person.”
How to sign-up
Participants can use the WellRight app or their own fitness app to keep track of their activities to help earn incentives.
“This fully-customizable program allows the City to incorporate a holistic approach to wellness that is tailored to fit the needs of the diverse employee population and their families,” added Trent Steele, City Benefits Analyst.
Employees can go to slc360.wellright.com to get started.