Healthy Competition: Wellness Games at Work
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NATIONWIDE - Forget Farmville, Angry Birds or Words with Friends. The latest online games are not only fun - but good for your health.
As more and more companies incorporate game-like features into their wellness plans, employees can get their game on - and get healthy.
There are health games you can play on your own as well. Phone aps such as "runkeeper" or even the weight watchers app have game like aspects with badges and rewards for staying active and losing weight.
Chris Boyce is an accomplished technology entrepreneur who brings more than 15 years of consumer loyalty, enterprise and consumer software experience to Virgin HealthMiles. He joined the company in 2006 as EVP, Product, Marketing, and Business Development. Soon after, Chris became Virgin HealthMiles' CEO and joined the company's board of directors. Leveraging Virgin's philosophy that business should be a force for good, Chris' leadership has been instrumental in guiding Virgin HealthMiles' development of market-leading, technology-based products and services that help employers improve workforce health, boost employee engagement, and enhance corporate culture.
LuAnn Heinen is Vice President, National Business Group on Health. She is responsible for the Business Group's Patient Safety Initiative and serves as Director, Institute on the Costs & Health Effects of Obesity. Previously, she headed Heinen HealthCare Associates LLC for five years. In this position she provided strategy, analysis, marketing/communications and project management services to a broad range of health care clients, including managed care, pharmaceutical, and nonprofit organizations.
Julie Stich is the director of research at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. The nonprofit Foundation is a leading objective and independent global source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information. It serves 33,000 members worldwide. With the U.S. presidential election behind us, we spoke to Julie about how HR and plan administrators are navigating healthcare reform and what lies ahead in 2013.