A critical component of our benefits strategy is managing active healthcare. The key to managing healthcare costs is for employees to take an active role in decisions about their health and the healthcare services they receive. These include accessing their healthcare needs throughout the year, staying well, following a healthy lifestyle and getting care when they need it.
We have a longstanding and substantial commitment to the health and wellness of our employees, their families and our communities. Examples of our corporate initiatives include: significant incentives for optional employee participation in an annual health risk assessment, which is coordinated with optional health coaching for interested employees and their families; regular intranet postings, e-mails and podcasts related to disease prevention and health promotion; programs such as Eat Well, Live Well© that are geared toward reducing primary risk factors for chronic disease, such as sedentary lifestyles, lack of physical activity and poor diet; formal audits of our benefits design to assure excellence in our attention to screening, diagnosis and treatment of serious chronic diseases; and partnering with national, nonprofit NGOs such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society to deliver programs designed to reduce risk factors and disease burden of serious diseases. We also collaborate with other corporations, both large and small, through such entities as chambers of commerce to deliver strategies for the reduction of serious diseases, not just for our employees and their families, but to entire communities.