08 Jul Wellness Question #4: What impact does including spouses in our wellness program have?


It’s a fact that behaviors have a tendency to spread from person to person over time.¹ So doesn’t it make sense that including spouses in your wellness program would contribute to a program’s long-term success?

Research suggests that when spouses are included in key wellness initiatives, employers experience increased employee participation (twice as high²) and are more likely to see meaningful, lasting change. Our book of business confirms this—when spouses play a proactive role in their health, the covered employee’s health improves more rapidly as well.

And consider the potential impact on claims! Spouses typically represent only about one-fifth of covered members but generate nearly one-third of the healthcare costs for an organization.¹

Have questions regarding how to incent spousal participation and its impact on overall program success? Call us at 877.662.7286 or email us at questions@bravowell.com and we can share with you our experience and case studies that show a dramatic impact on the bottom line.

¹Healthcare Consumerism Solutions™, May/June 2013

²2013 study conducted by the HERO research committee in collaboration with Mercer