Executive Wellness

As corporations, businesses and companies invest in their employees, they also invest in their long-term health and wellness. This has contributed to the increasing popularity of corporate wellness programs. These programs give businesses a way to ensure their employees are happy, healthy and productive.

Executive Wellness

Why do corporations provide Executive Physicals and do you need one?

Companies invest in the health of their top executives because when one them goes down it can obviously affect a corporation in a major way. It's important for these companies and entities like the United States of America to know everything they can about the health of their chief executives and be proactive. The major focus is on prevention and detection of cardiovascular disease and cancers, the major unexpected killers of US citizens. And this begs the question, “If that is good enough for them, then perhaps that is an evaluation that could be valuable to me or my loved ones?”

The US Preventive task force looks at what testing should be done on populations but does not factor in what is best for any individual with their own unique family history and risk factors and their level of concern for preventing health related disasters in their own life, as well as how that may impact those who depend on them. You must consider whether you really know everything that modern health technology can offer in terms of prevention and what you can do to optimize your own state of wellness. Then you must ask yourself, “What would be the cost to me and my family if a major and potentially preventable health disaster strikes?” Perhaps investing in our own health and prevention makes more sense than investing in much less important things we spend my money on currently.

What is a Comprehensive Executive Physical Examination?

By definition, this is a form of advanced preventive medicine consisting of physical and diagnostic evaluations guided not by what has been deemed cost effective in any given population, instead it is driven by an individual's unique risks and balanced by available resources to effectively detect preventable illnesses. The name Executive Physical lies in the historical background that for the most part it's been offered to corporate executives and economically advantaged individuals for whom cost is not an issue.

Executive Wellness

As a result, a test that may not be cost effective for the society at large in detecting preventable illnesses is still offered upon request or on corporate demand. Sometimes the nature of an individual's job demands that the medical establishment goes the extra mile to detect illnesses as is the case with pilots, astronauts and corporate executives.

To explain the concept better, let's look at the current approach to Heart attacks, Breast cancers and Strokes (brain attacks) - leading causes of death in the US. The usual practice is to initiate mammography (a test for detecting early cancer of the breast in women) at age 40 and then every 1-2 years. For the entire society, this approach may be more cost effective for the nation's economy but for a given individual with a strong family history, beginning this test earlier and doing it more frequently can make the difference between life and death. Let's look at another scenario - the issue of heart attacks and strokes, if one's father, grandfather and other close relatives have been known to have heart attacks and strokes in their 40's and 50's, why wait till you get to that age range before initiating steps to prevent these illnesses. If you are at increased risk, the sooner you get screened, the better the outcome of any necessary therapy.

Executive Health and Wellness Programs offer busy executives an efficient, cost-effective way to manage their health and reduce medical absences. Thousands of executives from companies throughout the world participate in Executive Health and Wellness Programs, available at major medical centers throughout the United States as well as in Siouxland.

A Comprehensive Executive Health Evaluation in Siouxland includes:

  • A comprehensive medical history review and physical exam by an internal medicine specialist and referrals to subspecialists, as necessary
  • A full range of preventive screening tests and imaging for detection of cancer, heart disease and other serious conditions
  • Cardiovascular risk prediction modeling
  • Advanced lipids and biomarkers and tests for genetic related risks
  • Testing for common nutritional and vitamin deficiencies
  • A heart (cardiovascular) fitness evaluation with treadmill stress testing
  • Pulmonary function measurements
  • Imaging for screening for atherosclerosis and tumors
  • A review and update of medications, vaccinations and immunizations, including those needed for international travel
  • A lifestyle assessment including review of nutrition, stress management, alcohol, tobacco, and other indicators of disease
  • A full report of your test results

Your evaluation is customized to your personal health needs and is strictly confidential. The length of your visit may be extended if the initial health review identifies issues requiring additional evaluation. The program blends diagnostic expertise with the latest in preventive medicine. Many participants have been diagnosed with a previously undiscovered condition during an executive health exam. Perhaps it is time to invest more in prevention before it is too late?

What is Corporate Wellness?

Also called workplace wellness, corporate wellness programs are designed from the ground up to be positive for both employers and employees. In essence, corporate wellness promotes healthy behavior for employees at work and at home.

For employers, this translates to:

  • Increased revenue
  • More productive employees
  • Happier employees
  • Reduced healthcare costs

Corporate wellness programs provide a bounty of benefits for employees as well. These include:

  • Better health
  • Happier home life
  • Longer career
  • More investment in their employer

Corporate Wellness Solutions

Components of corporate wellness programs vary depending on the needs of both the employer and employees.

Some common corporate wellness ideas include:

  • Health education
  • Health skill development
  • Lifestyle coaching
  • On-site program implementation
  • Disease testing
  • Screening programs
  • Executive physicals
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

Improve Your Bottom Line

Corporate wellness is one of the best investments an employer can make. By improving the health of your employees, you also improve the bottom line and reduce the healthcare costs of your corporation. For more information on corporate wellness programs, or to request a consultation, please call (712) 234-1005 or request more information online.

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