What is a Wellness Program?
A wellness p
rogram is an organized and coordinated set of activities designed to improve the
overall health of its members. Wellness programs accomplish this goal by gathering health
working with members to establish intervention programs to address identified
Wellness programs are important because they
costs in a positive
way by reducing demand for services via a more healthy population.
What is Co
Y Health Network?
Y Health Network (CHN) is a
based out of
that provides a program of services that
been proven to help improve the health of those that
participate in their coaching programs.
Why did Cherokee County decide to add CHN as a part of the Health Plan?
After a detailed review of CHN’s capabilities and track record with municipalities similar in size
to Cherokee County, it was determined that the CHN
d a high
that there w
ould be a positive impact on the o
verall health of our
health of employees increases, we expect claims and healthcare costs will decrease.
How does the CHN
The CHN program is a multi
phased wellness program that encourages participation through
The first phase is for the employee to complete a Health Risk Assessment
(HRA), either via paper
Following that, each employee i
scheduled for a biometric screening that includes blood work to
determine cholesterol and glucose levels as well as measurements that include height, weight,
body mass index, blood pressure and resting pulse rate.
What is the next step after the screeni
The results of the HRA and biometric screening are then used to determine if an employee is
considered to be at “low”, “moderate”, or “high” risk fo
r lifestyle related illnesses.
conduct an initial session with each employee to review the results of his or her screening.
those employees that fall into the “high” risk category, CHN
will set up the employee with
with a “Health
Y Coach”. The one
ne coaching plan is designed to assist
the employee in reducing his or her
How long does each coaching
sions will be scheduled for a 15
od and will last for
have a total
of 15 weeks to complete the 12 weeks of coaching.
The sessions will be scheduled
on company time and will not subtract from hours worked.
What if I am determined to be at “low” or “moderate” risk?
A lower level of coaching will be offered, based on the
results of the HRA and biometric
Employees will also have the opportunity to participate in monthly and quarterly
What topics might be discussed in the coaching sessions?
The CHN team of coaches consists of registered d
ieticians, nurses and exercise physiologists.
Your specific coaching session could include discussion about nutrition/weight management,
exercise, stress management, blood pressure management, diabetes management, cholesterol
management and tobacco ces
ion. You may also
receive educational handouts
as well as
establish specific goals and action plan
for the upcoming week.
What happens after I complete my 12
week coaching session?
You will still have the opportunity to participate
in monthly and quarterly wellness activities as
determined by the County and CHN. Those individuals shown to be “high” risk will have
ongoing coaching throughout the year.
Will Cherokee County have access to the results of my
Health Risk Assess
Biometric Screening, or Coaching Sessions?
The answer is an emphatic “NO”. These results will only
be shared between CHN and you.
Law prohibits these results from going to anyone other than you unless you
specify, in writing, that you authorize them to be distributed elsewhere.
The County will be
notified if you become non
compliant, i.e., quit the program or fail to complete the co
What will the County do with the aggregate data?
Cherokee County will have access to the aggregate results of the entire group so that we
impacting our population.
As an example, if it is determined
our incidence of diabetes is higher than average, Cherokee County might use that information to
provide even further educational resources to our employees about the importance of
a healthy weight, nutrition, and
regular checkups with a pr
imary care physician.
Why is there a $100 per pay period difference in my medical premium if I choo
se not to
participate in the Wellness
The $100 premium differential is
a discount off of the regular premium rate
incentivize employees to participate in the Wellness Program.
By participating in the Wellness
Program, CHN will be able to i
dentify lifestyle behaviors
that contribute to the occurrence of
diseases in our employee population.
This provides the
coaches with the information
needed to help employees manage their health by reducing their risk factors. The end result is
anticipated to be
healthier employees and
a reduction in claims for medical services, which
equates to a reduction in heal
What if I initially choose to participate in t
he wellness p
but then decide later in the
year that I want to drop out?
You are free to drop participation at your discretion. The $100
per pay period medical
premium differential will be implemented upon yo
ur termination from the program
and remain in
effect for the remainder of the year
. If you drop out the program, or are
enter the program until t
he next benefit enrollment.
What if I initially choose not to participate in the
but then decide later in
the year that I want to join?
need to contact
Human Resources Department
to enroll and
initial coaching session
per pay period reduction
medical premium will take place as soon as administratively possible after that.
Why is this program not open to spouses as well?
CHN has advised us
that their program h
as a higher success rate
if it is initially introduced to the
employee population. Once the employees have had
understand the benefits, it becomes easier to
bring in spouses
It is anticipated that spouses will
ed in the second year of the program.
What if my spouse is also a County employee?
you and your spouse
are covered under the medical benefits plan, both of you are required
to participate in the wellness program. If the covered spouse opts out o
f the wellness plan, the
$100.00 premium differential will be forfeited. If the spouse is not covered under the medical
plan, only the covered spouse must participate.
Can I enroll in the CHN Program if I am not enrolled in the Cherokee County medical
No. The reason for this is that the intent of the program is to help reduce the cost increases in our
medical plan. If an employee is not enrolled in our medical plan, they have no impact on the cost
of that plan.
Also, there is a membership cost associated with each participate in the program.
If I have further questions about the CHN Program, or want to comment on how the
program is working for me, who should I contact?
We would certainly encourage your feedba
ck so please
contact the Benefits Office at 678
any questions or comments.