To control soaring health care costs, many U.S. corporations have rolled out wellness programs on the idea that encouraging employees to adopt a healthy lifestyle would lead to fewer trips to the doctor and fewer missed work days. According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, about three-quarters of HR professionals said their organizations offered some sort of a wellness program in 2014. While more than two-thirds of these respondents reported that such programs were “somewhat effective” or “very effective” in reducing health care costs, a closer look at other studies finds that the outcomes for these programs are not so clear. The Expo will provide businesses of all sizes, particularly small and medium-sized companies, with key resources to benefit employees and to assist with carrying out employer-based wellness approaches, including a “how-to” model for executing a wellness fair live-in-action.

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness and ensure positive interactions.

Enhancing and maintaining wellness is vital for the successful pursuit of your goals at UC Davis and for the rest of your life.

“At Priority Health, we provide employers with customized wellness programs and solutions to empower their employees to pursue healthier lifestyles and achieve better overall health,” said Kandi Lannen, director of wellness for Priority Health. “By identifying and addressing health risks, we are able to help organizations guide their employees to improved well-being and reduce health care costs, a measurable return on investment for the company.”

Priority Health’s wellness services include assessments and biometric screenings, classes, company wellness challenges and in-depth reporting. The health insurer enables the employer to successfully incorporate a workplace wellness program into its health benefits package. In doing so, the company is able to support the healh of its workforce, lessening employees’ risk of developing a chronic condition.