The New York Times recently published an article claiming that employee wellness programs yield little benefit. This claim was based on an 18-month study of 33,000 BJ’s Wholesale Club employees participating in the workplace wellness program. While the workers became more engaged in their health, there were no significant changes in clinical markers of health or healthcare spending.
As much as we would like to think that current wellness programs help most employees lose weight and improve overall health, this frankly is not the case. Most programs are very similar and consist of components such as biometric screenings and on-site fitness facilities. However, employees are missing out on actionable information. They often do not know how to eat and exercise based on their test results to improve their health, and the value of the screenings fades.
Enter AGS Health & Wellness genetic testing. Based on a simple cheek swab, we provide an innovative and compelling new resource that empowers employees with their unique genetic information to live healthier lives. With an AGS genetic test, you will receive a personalized report showing exactly how you should eat, supplement, and exercise. It’s time to have an owner’s manual for your body and take the guesswork out of nutrition, supplementation, and exercise.
In 2015, Aetna conducted a personalized wellness program analyzing three genes related to diet and exercise for 2800 employees at risk of metabolic syndromes. Healthcare costs were reduced by an average of $122 per participant per month, and 76% of the genetic-guided group lost an average of 10 pounds after one year. Based on these results, one can conclude that implementing a genetics-integrated health and wellness program can provide significant savings in healthcare costs. Imagine the benefits of a Premium Health & Wellness test from AGS, which analyzes over 50 genes!
AGS also offers a pharmacogenomics (PGx) test, which shows how individuals react to a wide variety of medications and what works best for them. We offer the most robust PGx test on the market, which reduces trial and error for medications and prevents adverse drug reactions.
AGS is strictly committed to privacy and does not sell, share, or transfer any client data. As the NYT article suggests, “some programs have prompted concerns over employees’ data and the use of health data by third parties.” With AGS, reports are emailed in an encrypted PDF format, and you do not have to worry about any privacy issues.
With most employee wellness programs proving to be ineffective, new resources are necessary. AGS genetic testing is an innovative solution to this problem, providing personalized and actionable information to empower clients to live healthier. If you want healthier employees and a more effective wellness program, visit our Corporate Genetic Program page to get started today!