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Wellness: A marathon, not a sprint

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Spending a few of these can make a difference. (AP photo/U.S. Mint)
Spending a few of these can make a difference. (AP photo/U.S. Mint)

As the busy holiday travel season is solidly in our rear-view mirror, I am reminded about how wellness is not so much a destination, but a journey – filled with unexpected rewards.

Often, the stress, pressures and diet that accompany the holidays leave many of us feeling like we need to press the wellness re-start button come January. For employees, embracing wellness can often be hastened through a well-designed employee benefits package that provides motivation in a variety of forms.

Most importantly, it shows the power and importance of motivation. Different things motivate different people and different things can motivate us at different times. Sometimes it is competitive drive, sometimes positive peer pressure, sometimes compassion and sometimes a financial incentive.

Much ado has been made about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and the requirement that plans cover preventive care at 100 percent. However, we have learned that individuals need extra motivation to get the annual preventive screenings (many of which are “uncomfortable”). A wellness benefit as part of an employee benefits package provides a financial and, in a best-case scenario, competitive motivation for preventative care.

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