“The total reach and impact of worksite wellness programs dwarfs all other efforts to improve the health of adults.” Dr. Steve Aldana, President of WellSteps
This statement made by Dr. Steve Aldana in his article, “The 7 Best Reasons to have a Wellness Program: Benefits of Wellness” is one of the most important and insightful I have read about healthcare. It takes the role of worksite wellness programs, like Field Goods’ produce service, and elevates their importance not just for employers but also for the nation’s healthcare system. Dr. Aldana is one of the nation’s foremost experts on healthy living and worksite wellness. His article, which is backed by extensive research, should be read by anyone with a vested interest in improving employee health and reducing the costs of illness.
Dr. Aldana demonstrates why employers with workplace wellness programs are successfully impacting the staggering healthcare crisis that we face today and why more employers must integrate wellness programs into their overall healthcare strategy. He calls worksites “the chronic disease prevention centers of the United States.” He goes on to state:
Worksites are doing more to prevent, arrest, and even reverse chronic diseases than any other group. Hospitals are great at treating disease and they are good at early detection of disease, but they don’t do much in the way of disease prevention. The total reach and impact of worksite wellness programs dwarfs all other efforts to improve the health of adults.
Given Washington’s healthcare conundrum: worksite wellness programs are pivotal, now more than ever, to containing the epidemic of lifestyle-related diseases. How can they accomplish this? Dr. Aldana addresses what makes a wellness program successful:
The core of every good wellness program is behavior change. With the right education, skills, motivation, tools, and social support, people change behaviors. Wellness programs are good at helping people adopt and maintain healthy behaviors. This is perhaps the biggest benefit of having a wellness program… Healthy behaviors lead to lower health risks, and lower health risks lead to less chronic disease. With less chronic disease employees have fewer health care costs.
Changing behavior is the foundation of Field Goods’ service. We do this by breaking down the barriers to healthy eating. Adopting a healthier diet is the foundation of reversing the chronic lifestyle diseases driven by elevated blood glucose, high blood cholesterol, and high blood pressure. The Sage Colleges’ Diet Study and our employer case studies all demonstrate that Field Goods does change behavior; employees and their families eat more fruit and vegetables with Field Goods.
Field Goods integrates convenience, value, and outstanding quality while also addressing the over-arching consumer demand for source-identified farmers market quality fresh produce. We address convenience by delivering a bag of local produce to employees at their workplaces. Our formula to improve diets involves curating the weekly selection which increases diet variety and adds an element of excitement (i.e., “it feels like Christmas each week” statements). We provide education about the produce in an engaging way, along with recipes and tips about how to prepare it. Purchasing produce grown by small farms integrates employees’ desire to contribute to sustainable agriculture. We leverage group delivery to stimulate socialization around produce (i.e., water cooler chats about the weekly vegetables). This last point is key as Field Goods helps inspire a culture of health throughout an organization.
Finally, Field Goods breaks down one more barrier…the cost for employers to start or expand wellness programs. Field Goods is a no-cost or low-cost service, is easy to implement and is proven to have a positive ROI.
Click here to read more of Dr. Aldana’s article.