Healthy Returns Numbers
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
November 17, 2010
More UNH employees took advantage of Healthy Returns this fall, a good sign that the program is growing. Healthy Returns conducts blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and glucose screenings for eligible faculty and staff to help them assess their physical condition and make positive behavioral and life changes.
During the 2010 fall session, 669 people signed up for Healthy Returns compared to 607 in 2009. The spring 2010 screenings drew 544 individuals.
“UNH increased the number of participants during this past Healthy Returns program, which is excellent. I hope we can continue this upward trend. One method that might assist in greater participation is to e-mail eligible faculty and staff members directly, describing the Healthy Returns program, highlighting the benefits of participation and access to the direct link to register for an event. This approach has been highly effective for the Plymouth, Keene, UNH-M and GSC campuses,” says Nancy Puglisi, director of organizational wellness.
USNH Human Resources started Healthy Returns in 2007 in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
After the screenings, participants can sit down with a coach to have their numbers analyzed and to craft a plan to help them reach the goals they set. In 2009, after a Healthy Returns screening, 83 percent of the people who had set a goal to lower their blood pressure were successful; 100 percent reduced their glucose levels and 59 percent achieved the goal of lowering their cholesterol. What’s more, participants lost a total of 700 pounds.
There is an added reward to Healthy Returns besides improved health: participants receive a VISA card for their efforts.
For more information on Health Returns visit http://www.usnh.edu/hr/health-wellness/healthy_returns.html.