The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners can count more than 1,200 reasons why its new Wellness Program is working. About halfway through the 12-week Weight-Loss Challenge to kick off the county’s new Wellness Initiative, more than 300 participants have lost more than 1,200 pounds.
In an effort to help reduce health-care costs and encourage its workforce to become more health conscious, St. Lucie County developed a new Wellness Matters initiative that provides financial incentives to employees that show they are working to improve their physical well-being.
“We have made it very simple so anyone can do it,” explained George Landry, St. Lucie County’s Safety & Risk Manager. “We didn’t want to create a bunch of rules to discourage people from using the program. Some of the rewards can be obtained just by self-reported results.”