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EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS : Group Health Plans

Wellness Programs – "Win Win" for all

Healthy employees are more productive, states Kathy Cassiglia of Vanguard Industries East – a valued, long-term Ware Insurance client. A supplier of military insignias with offices across the nation, Vanguard Industries has an employee base with diverse needs. Years ago, Ms. Cassiglia approached Ware asking for ideas on improving employee wellness.

Together Kathy and Regina Lowe, Ware's Group Health Specialist, reviewed Vanguard's coverage and employee needs to identify opportunities. As an Optima-insured group with 20 or more employees, Regina informed Ms. Cassiglia that Vanguard was entitled to an Optima-assisted Health Fair. Employees could have free check-ups for blood pressure, body mass index, as well as bone density and cholesterol screenings on a periodic basis. Flu shots may even be covered depending on the specific group insurance. "In the beginning, we had serious issues with weight and blood pressure," states Cassiglia, Vanguard's Human Resource Administrator. "That was 5 years ago and our corporate wellness has improved dramatically." Cassiglia believes the Health Fairs contributed to the company's wellness improvement. Over the years, Vanguard added screenings for cataracts and glaucoma and frequently has an Optima representative come on-site to make employee presentations on the group's EAP program as well as introduce specialty discounts such as chiropractic visits and therapeutic massage.

"Vanguard's philosophy is to encourage wellness through innovative, proactive programs such as the annual Health Fairs. We have compared reports after our Health Fairs and seen consistent improvement. Why is this so important? Because we know that health, productivity and employee morale are all interrelated. So, when our insurance carrier sees an organization focused and proactive on health and wellness, it definitely helps with our numbers during renewal time," Cassiglia adds. Today, some of Vanguard's most popular health-related activities are the corporate walks for non-profit organizations such as American Cancer Society and Muscular Sclerosis.

To discuss ways of building on your group's health foundation, contact Ware Insurance's Group Health Specialist, Regina Lowe at 490-1166 or reginal@wareinsurance.com.