As the workplace continues to evolve, three of the our recent Health Champions are working to create modern-day solutions for their company wellness programs.
Sun Life Financial, headquartered in Wellesley, MA, has used its social media pages to share wellness messages. “With content support from the Association, we’ve been able to engage our employees in many health and fitness activities throughout the year,” commented Karen White, Assistant Vice President for Health Care and Exchange Solutions for Sun Life, and a member of Sun Life’s “diabetes ambassadors” group. “With companies continuing to spread out geographically and many of our employees working remotely, it’s so important that we find ways to keep our colleagues informed on health and wellness. Social media has been an excellent vehicle.”
Marsh & McLennan Agency in Atlanta recognizes that mindfulness is essential to reducing stress. “We have held these onsite Mindfulness-Based Stress Management workshops since 2015,” said Guy Morrison, Executive Vice President. “In 2017, we expanded this offering to remote staff through call-in and recorded sessions. Feedback from those who do participate has been very positive.”
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond has long embraced the more recent trend of onsite clinics, which allows employee access to medical staff and valuable wellness programming. “We offer smoking cessation support, individual health consultations, condition-specific workshops and many other wellness resources through our onsite clinic,” said Dr. Kevin Fergusson, Richmond Fed medical director.
The Richmond Fed also works with its disease management vendor to offer individual-based resources and counseling services for employees to improve their overall health, including areas of fitness, nutrition, prevention, emotional well-being, stress-management, diabetes, weight loss and heart health.
Marsh & McLennan Agency is focusing on another critical component of twenty-first century health care delivery: primary care. “Our philosophy is that a better approach to addressing preventive care is to promote that employees have a primary care physician (PCP) who is in the best position to identify and administer all age and gender-appropriate preventive care, including biometric measures and their associated risk factors,” commented Morrison.
Sun Life’s leadership is looking to the future of wellness, not just for their employees, but for all people with diabetes. In December, they took part in our Diabetes Innovation Summit in Boston, a one-day event looking to accelerate the ADA’s mission in the twenty-first century. “The group spent the day identifying opportunities to work together to advance technology solutions to address diabetes in workforce populations and the greater community” said White. “The future of diabetes support, management, education, and even prevention, is fast approaching, and we need to work together to develop solutions, both for individuals and group populations.”
Thank you to our national sponsor, Sun Life Financial, a leader in employee benefits and stop-loss solutions in the U.S. As a National Sponsor of the Wellness Lives Here™ Health Champion Designation, Sun Life works with us to help raise awareness of the impact of diabetes and inspire employers to make a positive impact on the overall well-being of their employees—encouraging them to take action to prevent and control diabetes and empowering them to live a more active and healthy lifestyle.