By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Professional Services | Issue: January 2010
Mike Ziegenhorn, risk architect for The Holmes Organisation, gets his blood pressure checked by Eric Moon, health and wellness coach.
Are you concerned about the spiraling costs of healthcare? Then assess the risk of doing nothing about it. On January 13, Eric Moon will present “Wellness,” the first of a series of risk management seminars designed to educate business owners on how to minimize risk economically. The seminar is presented free of charge by The Holmes Organisation.
Prevention measures save companies money through reductions in absenteeism and health-care costs. According to the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma ranks 49th in overall health.
High rates of diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and smoking led to the state’s dismal report card. It is estimated that by 2018, Oklahoma will have the highest obesity rate in the country, with a projected 56 percent of the population overweight. To an employer, that means paying for medical expenses and productivity losses. “We know how unhealthy we are as a state,” says Moon. “Now what are we going to do about it?”
It just makes good business sense to consider a program that will produce less absenteeism, higher productivity, lower incidences of job injuries, less employee turnover and fewer medical claims.
The idea of wellness programs is gaining popularity throughout the country, but is relatively new in Tulsa. Principals of The Holmes Organisation quickly recognized the value beyond their business – to the employees, their families and the community – and became a pioneer in developing wellness programs that work.
That’s not just talking the talk, but literally walking the walk among its 60 employees who undertook a one-year fitness challenge. With national recognition for their wellness initiatives in physical activity and more, The Holmes Organisation is on the cutting edge of what works best to keep employees healthy and reduces benefit costs to employers.
Their approach is not one-size-fits-all, but is custom tailored to fit each company’s budget, the number of employees and the needs of the workplace. “Whether it is guest speakers at lunch-and-learn meetings, pedometer programs for tracking daily activity, or simply the education to support a switch from bad food choices to fresh fruit and healthy cooking options, we can help,” says Moon. There are even resources available to help companies with tight budgets get started.
Eric Moon will cover topics such as how to get people interested and how to keep them motivated, plus tips on little changes that can produce big health benefits. His seminars combine education in an entertaining style. He promises that everyone who attends will learn something new that will help their business every day of the new year.
“There are lots of reasons for companies to have wellness programs but the main reason, we at Holmes believe, is that it is the right thing to do. A company who cares about its employees has employees who care about their company,” says Moon.
Find out how you can take the first step in making a positive change for your business on Wednesday, January 13 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave. at 71st St. and Highway 169. The one-hour seminar is free of charge and open to any business owners, benefits managers, employees who want to introduce a new idea, or anyone else who is interested. A continental breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The seminar will begin at 8:30. For reservations, call Mike Ziegenhorn at (918) 359-6146 or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.