March 13, 2015
Humana and Weight Watchers International are teaming up in a first-of- its-kind offering to give members more resources to lose weight and live healthier. That’s good for client businesses – and yours.
The program, built into Humana qualified employer-sponsored health plans*, connects members who want to lose weight to Weight Watchers. This is done at no cost for six months. After that, members receive a discount.
High cost of obesity for Humana’s clients
-U.S. employers lose billions of dollars in productivity every year to obesity-related health issues.
-Healthier employees can help reduce sick days and longer-term absences due to chronic conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, for which overweight employees are at higher risk. That may mean more productivity and decreased healthcare costs for your clients.
-Many large employers are reporting weight management is a top focus area for 2015, a study by the National Business Group on Health found. Half of those surveyed plan to help employees manage their weight. One in five views weight management as the most important health behavior to improve the health of its workforce.
-In the United States, 69 percent of adults are classified as overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That percentage has been increasing.
More resources for our clients’ employees
Weight Watchers is the leading provider of weight management services. Its clinically proven results help people lose weight by forming good habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise and creating a supportive environment.
Humana members who are eligible for the program gain access to Weight Watchers services, including in-person meetings, online tools and a mobile app. The program brings extra services of peer-to-peer support and online social communities to Humana’s weight management program.
Weight Watchers will be integrated into Humana’s many wellness programs and clinical services for members: personal health coaching, Personal Nurse® and HumanaVitality®. Current HumanaVitality members with weight-loss goals have more opportunities to earn rewards as they improve their health.
Weight Watchers’ mission to change people’s relationship with food aligns with Humana’s goal of supporting lifelong well-being. This new program is easy for employees to participate in, personalized to their needs and rewards them to stay motivated.
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*Integrated into group fully insured plans; available as an option for ASO plans.