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One size does not fit all when it comes to health care

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(BPT) - With impending health care changes, employers and employees are looking for ways to offset some of the rising costs of health care with the goal of getting healthy at the same time.

MyHealthCheck, available from Life Time-The Healthy Way of Life Company, offers a revolutionary way to manage health care costs for both employers and employees. This includes providing employees with a comprehensive solution that identifies risk factors, promotes ongoing guidance with wellness coaches and a 12-month reassessment to measure progress.

“We identified a need and are offering companies and their employees an innovative solution to a complicated and expensive issue - rising health care costs,” says Holt Vaughn, senior director of myHealthCheck at Life Time. “Our goal is to transform an increasingly sedentary workforce into a healthy, productive population - while saving people money in the process.”

Incentives based on personal health outcomes are growing in popularity. Here are some things to keep in mind as you shop for insurance or if your workplace decides to employ such a program.

Look for a program with measurable results

Traditional wellness programs reward employees just for signing up, but the health assessment offered through myHealthCheck links individual health risks to premium incentives and rewards employees for healthy results. “We are focused on results of actions taken,” says Vaughan. “As opposed to simply relying on employee participation, we aim to help companies create a healthier, more productive workforce.”

One size does not fit all

It is important to evaluate individual fitness levels, lifestyle and health. Through an industry-leading assessment that includes lab work, body analysis, metabolic testing and wellness coaching, myHealthCheck provides all participants with a personalized health profile. This can be used to set goals and measure results. To keep tracking simple, employees are also offered a comprehensive view of their health via the myHealthDashboard and a health score of up to 100 designed to keep employees motivated throughout the measurable period.

You are not alone

Support plays a key role in the success of any health plan or incentive program. A myHealthAdvisor helps each employee create a plan to address their individual health risks. The advisor is there to motivate each employee along the way. That access to a real person, coupled with online resources such as workout videos and nutrition trackers, has been proven to help people meet their health goals. “These programs such as myHealthCheck are about changing habits, about changing behaviors and changing people’s lives,” says Vaughan. Beyond the videos and trackers, the program offers nutrition workshops, meal-planning guides and weight loss challenges aimed at building camaraderie among employees.

With those New Year’s resolutions looming and changes coming to the health care landscape, now is the perfect time to take control of your health. Visit for more information and start saving money now.