This is exciting news. We instituted wellness screenings three years ago with the understanding it takes time to see changes, so for us to see these results and receive this award is phenomenal
Cheyenne, WY (PRWEB) July 30, 2009
Multichannel retailer, Sierra Trading Post, was recently named "Most Improved" in the "Healthiest Companies in America" awards. Illinois-based Interactive Health Solutions (IHS), a leading provider of turnkey population health management programs, names the winners annually.
According to IHS, the "Most Improved" awards go to companies that have made the greatest improvement in their employees' health, based on annual improvement of IHS scores.
"This is exciting news. We instituted wellness screenings three years ago with the understanding it takes time to see changes, so for us to see these results and receive this award is phenomenal," said Robert Koehler, director of Human Resources for Sierra Trading Post.
Health care costs are skyrocketing each year, so companies like Sierra Trading Post are embracing Population Health Management - a clinically based preventative care process that stresses early detection, testing and aggressive follow-up on health risks. A 2007 study by Zoe Consulting, Inc. showed that, for IHS participants, the actual medical cost growth rate was 54% less than the medical cost growth rates for non-participants.
In partnership with IHS, Sierra Trading Post employees were recently asked to participate in the annual onsite wellness screening. For the first time, Sierra Trading Post will use the data to launch wellness initiatives throughout 2009, beginning with a "Know Your Numbers" info packet and quiz. Other activities include helping employees log a three-day food diary, as well as a "Couch to 5K" challenge and an initiative focused on staying fit and healthy during the holiday season. Sierra Trading Post also offers employees membership to a local fitness center at a significantly reduced rate. The company will cover the events of the wellness program at Sierra Blogging Post: http://blog.SierraTradingPost.com.
"With health care costs taking an increasing percentage of our bottom line, we had to do something to encourage our employees to take ownership for their personal health. The results from these screenings will help us target general areas of opportunity with our newly assigned wellness coordinator," said Koehler.
About Sierra Trading Post
Headquartered in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sierra Trading Post is a multichannel retailer known nationwide for offering "Great Deals. Great Brands." Sierra Trading Post purchases brand name overstocks, closeouts and 2nds, and passes the savings on to its customers - selling outdoor gear, footwear, dress and casual clothing, accessories and home furnishings at 35 to 70% savings every day. A top 100 Internet retailer and top 100 direct marketer, Sierra Trading Post operates four retail stores in Boise, Idaho; Reno, Nev.; Cheyenne and Cody, Wyo.; with customer service call centers located in Cheyenne and Cody. http://www.SierraTradingPost.com.