Making the most of your health and wellness in 2021

Published: Jan. 5, 2021 at 9:59 AM CST
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - It’s a new year and for many of us, that means a New Year’s resolution. Plenty of those centered around fitness.

Fortunately, employers may be able to help you reach your health goals this year.

Well365 is helping reshape employee wellness programs to adjust for new needs.

Owner and CEO of the independent corporate wellness company Trisha Dohn says one way to boost morale... “get active” calls.

“Revamping those Zoom meetings to just a quick check-in of what did you do for activity? And maybe it’s not mandatory, but it’s at least some accountability type group where (employees) can talk about what they did for the day,” Dohn said.

And, what better way to incentivize physical fitness than to be rewarded for it through a health savings account?

“Different health and wellness initiatives, where essentially by you doing those things, you’re earning dollars to be contributed towards that HSA account, you know, where if you walk 10,000 steps a day, or you’re able to track that you were able to get 7-8 hours of sleep, you got your water intake, you moved for 30 minutes.”

In addition to the traditional HSA, Dohn says employers are starting to offer lifestyle savings accounts, which people can use on things like home gyms and workout videos.

“Things that are specifically outlined by that employer but also allocated for those individuals to really have that money funded for them to take care of themselves,” Dohn said.

The pandemic has taken its toll in a variety of ways, impacting us both physically and mentally. Dohn says employers shouldn’t assume their workers are okay, but instead, encourage an open conversation.

“It can be simple strategies like talking about our emotional well-being, our struggles, that they’re not alone,” Dohn said. “That’s just going to help with more of the acceptance of it’s okay if you’re having a tough time right now.”

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