Many health insurance companies have started promoting Wellness Programs over the last few years, but do the work? Read what one of our clients had to say about the Humana Vitality program:
I wanted to share with you my good experiences with the Humana Vitality program. At first I thought it was a hassle and I started working on it because I knew once I reached a certain level that my insurance rates would drop. I already exercise every day and see my doctor regularly so getting to the higher level wasn’t that hard.
After I reached the silver level I forgot about this program for a while. Then I received an email that our plan was being renewed and asking what I wanted to do with all the ‘vitality points’ I’d accumulated. I logged into Humana and realized that I had a lot of points! Although there were a lot of options in the ‘vitality mall’ to spend points on, I decided to use the points to purchase some gift cards from Amazon.
This is where things started to change for me. I’d already been thinking a for a while that I’d like to make some lifestyle changes since I was feeling really unhealthy and was constantly having stomachaches, headaches and general fatigue. I used the Amazon gift cards to get some new books about nutrition and started really looking at my diet, which at the time consisted almost completely of caffeine, salt and carbs. I think that it’s easy to get in the habit of not planning what you’ll eat and then just grabbing chips or candy bars to get you through the day. Then I’d get tired because I was eating crap so I’d add in a bunch of caffeine .
About three weeks ago I started a new diet based on a book I’d ordered with my amazon gift card and am already seeing the results. I wanted to find a diet that would not make me lose weight but would outline some basic, easy to prepare, healthy foods that would be easy for me to work into my daily routine. I’ve eliminated caffeine almost completely since I’m getting so much energy from the food I’m eating. It’s work, no doubt about it, to plan ahead for the next day and make sure I have a good healthy breakfast and lunch planned for the next day, but it is really working for me. I feel really good and have lost a lot of the anxious energy I was feeling from drinking so much soda. As a result of feeling so good I’ve also ordered something else with my amazon gift cards called a Wii Fit Board which is a fitness program that incorporates yoga, strength and balance training.
Overall I thought at first that the Humana Vitality program was a stupid gimmick by Humana. But as a direct result of being involved with the program I have been motivated to really make some changes instead of just putting them off for ‘someday’. The fact that Humana provides rewards for taking care of yourself has converted me and I’m sold on Humana, I think it’s the best insurance we’ve ever had. Hopefully the rest of staff can have this same experience. – Angela B
If you would like to find out more about Wellness Programs, call us at 815-229-4040 and ask for the Employee Benefits Department.