City of Denison

The city was faced with rising health-care costs and believed that if employees practiced better preventative health-care, the city’s costs would stabilize over time. City leaders also believed that emotional and financial wellness were just as important to overall health and cost containment as medical wellness. In response to these beliefs, Denison implemented a comprehensive participatory wellness program with a stated goal of increasing medical, emotional, and financial wellness of city employees. The wellness program was implemented in January 2013, and the city enjoyed a 90 percent participation rate in the medical wellness program and a 10 percent participation rate in the emotional wellness component during the first year. The city also saved $20,000 in medical premium costs. The cost savings and focus on employee wellness allows Denison to better serve its citizens.

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