Original Date: 05/01/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Best Practice : Wellness Program
Prior to 1992, Northrop Grumman Defensive Systems Division (DSD) did not have a proactive wellness program. Instead, the nursing staff provided blood pressure readings; weight management; basic information on nutrition and diseases; and health advice to employees in an informal manner. In 1992, the company migrated to a comprehensive wellness program, known as HealthWaves, as a proactive solution to employee health needs.
HealthWaves provides employees with a part-time professional health representative on-site; extensive wellness services such as books and videos; monthly health discussion groups and seminars; a monthly newsletter via e-mail; and exercise classes. Northrop Grumman DSD enhances this program by offering its employees an array of wellness tools. Among these are a searchable software database for health information; periodic health fairs; annual blood screening for employees, employee spouses, and retirees; and an annual flu immunization program. HealthWaves is designed to promote employee health and fitness, which is achieved through basic services (e.g., blood pressure checks, body fat calculations) as well as fitness classes and educational seminars (e.g., breast cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease). Additionally, Northrop Grumman DSD has set up a HealthWaves website to provide health and fitness information to its employees.
Proactive worksite wellness programs have proven to reduce insurance expenses by identifying health issues early, when still treatable. Northrop Grumman DSD sponsors an Annual Blood Screen Day, which is an opportunity for employees to have their blood tested for various illnesses and conditions including liver dysfunction, abnormal cholesterol readings, and high risk for heart disease. During Year 2000 Blood Screening Day, 40% of Northrop Grumman DSD’s employees took advantage of the program. Of these, 20.9% of the participants were identified with atypical test results. Two individuals tested positive for cancer, and are now undergoing treatment. HealthWaves fosters employee morale, health, productivity, and attendance at Northrop Grumman DSD.
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