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How health coaching moves employees toward better health

Health coaching can play a pivotal role in your wellbeing program to support a culture of health and move employee participants along the path to wellness. When designed with the participant in mind, a coaching program provides a personalized and practical approach to meet the needs of each individual in your employee population.

Coaching supports lasting change and a helps participants take a personalized approach to their health. Our health coaches help your participants set and reach goals, overcome obstacles, stay encouraged, create support systems and become more accountable.

Why health coaching?
When you take into account that 90% of the nation’s $3.3 trillion annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions, it is more important than ever to provide a coaching solution that supports lasting change. (1) 

Consider the facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. More than 16 million Americans have at least one disease caused by smoking. This amounts to $170 billion in direct medical costs that could be saved every year if we could prevent youth from starting to smoke and help every person who smokes quit. (1)
  • Lack of physical activity. Not getting enough physical activity comes with high health and financial costs. It can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. In addition, lack of physical activity costs the nation $117 billion annually for related health care. (1)
These costs can be reduced with health coach programs for employees to improve their lifestyles, eliminate bad habits, encourage better nutrition and exercise, and manage their chronic conditions. (1) 

Why HealthFitness for coaching?
  • The HealthFitness coaching model supports lifestyle management and condition management
  • Our coaches help participants set and reach goals, overcome obstacles, stay encouraged, create support systems and become more accountable.
  • Participants have easy access—over the channels they use every day—to coaches and resources to help them stay on track.
Improve health risk behavior and boost employee health
When adding health coaching, our participants are more likely than non-coaching participants to improve their health risk behavior in the following areas:
  • 29% improved behavior to quit tobacco use
  • 17% improved sleep quality
  • 12% improved prolonged sitting—meaning they sit less
  • 10% improved aerobic activity
Line-side coaching: Beyond telephonic coaching
At HealthFitness, we are broadening our concept of coaching beyond telephonic coaching to include digital and line-side coaching.

Line-side ergonomic coaching is part of our injury prevention and treatment program and includes individual coaching and self-care education on proper physical movement, including efficiencies, posture and correct use of tools, to prevent fatigue and injury.

Our dedicated, fulltime employees work on the line with specific groups to help each individual reach peak performance and physical readiness (like a coach works with athletes to prepare them for a game). Being on the line helps build rapport and trust with employees and allows us to address issues immediately, whileserving as a wellbeing resource.

Our clients have found that line-side coaching:
  • Positively improves work behaviors, morale, wellbeing and performance
  • Creates employee awareness of proper physical movement
  • Increases productivity
  • Decreases muscle fatigue, discomfort and work-related injuries
  • Addresses employee questions, concerns or issues immediately (teachable moments)
  • Reduces employee time away from work
Case in point: Auto manufacturing company
As program manager for our injury prevention and treatment program at a multinational automotive manufacturer, Nicole Graham and her team focus on a proactive and preventive approach to injury reduction. “My team’s goal is to help employees remain at work and return to work after both work- and non-work-related injuries,” she says.

Graham and team focus on early intervention programming—including line-side coaching—to help keep each employee safe. “We use a proactive, preventive approach, and our goal is to be the touchpoint with employees before an injury occurs and before they head to medical,” she says.

Multi-site injury prevention and treatment programming includes:
  • Work conditioning programs
  • Line-side coaching
  • Pre-shift warm up
  • Early intervention program
Results over a 12 month period include a 94 percent success outcome (percent of incidents that did not become an OSHA recordable) of the 11,000 employees who participated. Across the locations, the cost avoidance totaled more than $8 million (determined by the number of participants, times the average cost of an OSHA recordable from an ergonomic injury).

Learn more
Contact us to learn more about coaching, line-side coaching, digital coaching and more!
Source: (1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Posted on July 09, 2019