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Healthy Ohio offers health coaching, savings to employees and their spouses

The Healthy Ohio wellness initiative is conducting free health screenings for Ohio University faculty and staff and their spouses/partners from 7 to 9 a.m., Monday through Thursday until Nov. 1 at the Human Resources and Training Center on the Ohio University Athens Campus.

"WellWorks is partnering with the Benefits office in Human Resources to help our employees and their spouses engage in taking charge of their personal health," explained Director of WellWorks Kimberly Valentour. "Knowing your numbers, managing your stress and setting small goals can lead to happier and healthier individuals who can balance their work and personal life."

Employees who participate in this program will receive a $10 per month, before taxes, insurance premium reduction for one year, equaling approximately $120. There is a chance to double this amount if a spouse or partner also participates. The money will be added to the employee's paycheck and the reduction will begin January 2013.

The program also offers benefits beyond the financial. Participants in the three-part program receive a free health screening that includes cholesterol and glucose screening, resting blood pressure, BMI, height, weight and body composition, a free personal wellness profile and a one-on-one health coaching session.

The initial screening lasts approximately 20 minutes. After the screening, participants are required to complete an online personal wellness profile. This survey contains questions about medical history and health habits. The results of this survey containing an overview of the health, disease risk and suggested improvements should be printed in preparation for the third step.

From Oct. 8 through Dec. 14 at WellWorks located in Grover Center E124, individual health coaching sessions will be held. The purpose of the coaching sessions is to help participants better understand survey results and to provide health information and resources.

If you would like to schedule a free health screening, call WellWorks at 740-593-2093.

"We want people to sign up for the screenings as soon as possible. Screenings began on Sept. 17 and will continue through October, however there is a maximum number of people who can be screened each day and if people wait until the last minute to schedule we might not be able to fit them all in," said Valentour. "Last year we screened over 800 people – we would like to hit 1,000 this year."