Wellness Counts® Lifestyle Management
While an HRA raises awareness of an individual's health status, a change in behavior is more likely to occur when combined with structured education and coaching. HDP offers its Wellness Counts™ lifestyle management program through a partnership with Interactive Health Solutions. Partnered together, Health Design Plus and Interactive Health Solutions provide the materials, support and information to change behaviors.
individuals are chosen based on their overall risk assessment score, level at which they have indicated a willingness to change and have an issue that a lifestyle coach can address. The health coach will work with the individual to set personal goals, provide motivation to adapt health habits and change his or her state of mind.
Sample lifestyle management topics available are:
- Lifestyle for Successful Weight Loss
- Better Nutrition
- Personalized Fitness
- Achieving Balance
- Managing and Preventing High Blood Pressure
- Managing Cholesterol Levels
- Smoke-free for Life
- Diabetes Prevention and Control
Coaching is provided telephonically and can include follow-up online and/or written information. Coaching sessions last an average of 6 weeks.
Biometric Screening Prompts Coordinator's Lifestyle Changes
Customer Service Coordinator Patty Woodard knew she wasn't feeling quite right but couldn't pinpoint the cause. Then she underwent a Cooper-sponsored free biometric health screening last year for the first time, and discovered she not only had high blood pressure but was borderline diabetic. "I had suspicions that something was off, but I'm not one to go to the doctor," the 17-year Cooper employee said. "This was a real eye-opener for me."
Prompted by the troubling health screening results, and by the knowledge that both her mother and grandmother suffered from diabetes, Patty signed up for a 10-week diabetes awareness seminar at the Findlay YMCA. Participants received glucometers to monitor blood sugar levels, completed nutrition classes and worked out with a personal trainer.
Given her own positive outcomes, Patty urged other Cooper employees to undergo the free confidential screenings. The follow-up pamphlet offers more comprehensive information than many doctors provide, she pointed out. "I think everybody needs to look at this, especially the older you get, and it's free, so why wouldn't you? The screening was simple. And it just took a few minutes of your time. I'm looking forward to going through it again. It puts our numbers in our hands, instead of our doctor's hands, to help us be more proactive with our own health, exercise and wellness."
Cooper employees are eligible for the Health Design Plus Wellness Counts health screening and promotion program if they are full-time, active employees of Cooper Tire, or if they are full-time, active employees of a participating domestic affiliate of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company eligible for benefits under the Cooper Tire Medical Plan. Cooper provides this screening so that you can detect and address health risks and major conditions early, before they become more serious.
Wellness Counts contains an on-site health evaluation, including a blood pressure check and blood test. Test results and health information are provided to you online and also mailed to your home. The program is voluntary, convenient, confidential, and provided at no cost to you.
Mold Servicer Jim Miller credits last year's Wellness Counts®
biometric health screenings for catching a cancerous condition early.
Wellness Counts® Can Be a Lifesaver
The Wellness Counts® biometric health screenings can be a lifesaver. Just ask mold servicer Jim Miller, who credited last year's health screenings for early detection of a cancerous condition.
"I felt fine," the D shift steward for curing recalled. "I had no symptoms, and earlier tests at my doctor's office turned up normal."
The biometric screening results indicated a potential concern. Jim went in for more tests, first at his general physician's office and then at a specialist's. The findings signaled a need for treatment. In February, Jim underwent surgery and the outcome was positive. So far, Jim remains cancer-free.
"I feel fortunate that we were able to catch the cancer before it became a bigger issue," Jim said. "Without this test, I would not have known there was a problem."
Detecting major health concerns early is one of the main reasons Cooper Tire & Rubber* is sponsoring the Wellness Counts biometric health screenings. The company hopes to help employees discover potentially life-altering conditions while they can still be treated easily and cost-effectively.
* This is the second year that Cooper Tire & Rubber has offered the free, confidential screenings, which are based on a single blood draw.