This past Tuesday in the Strafford Room of the MUB was a program called Healthy Returns. Healthy Returns is sponsored by University System of New Hampshire (USNH) Human Resources and the healthcare that UNH provides for all their employees called Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. This is a two part program designed to set goals and measure progress with rewards along the way. This past Tuesday’s event was the first portion of the program. UNH faculty registered in the Strafford Room and measurements of height, weight, cholesterol, glucose and tobacco use were taken. After this, each faculty member met with a clinical consultant to set reasonable and attainable goals for the next 6 months. For simply registering and making these goals each member received a 25 dollar Visa gift card.
In 6 months Healthy Rewards will be back to UNH to assess their progress. If participants did not meet any of the goals, but made an effort, they receive a ten dollar Visa gift card. If they met one of their goals, the reward is a 25 dollar gift card. For two or more goals met, participants receive a 50 dollar Visa gift card. The goals, unless otherwise stated by their consultant, are as follows:
- Blood pressure: 140/90
- BMI (body mass index, a measurement of height and weight): 25 or less.
- Total cholesterol of 200 or less with HDL (good) cholesterol levels of 40 or above.
- Glucose (blood sugar): as close to 140 as possible
- Smoking: quit!
This is a great initiative for both the individual to save money while making goals to become as healthy as possible, as well as a fantastic way to save on healthcare costs for not just the individual, but also for Harvard Pilgrim. A healthier individual means less doctor visits which mean more money in the pocket!