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Help for Your Health BJC’s Employee Wellness Program. *for standard presentations / Updated 9/2012*. What is Help for Your Health?. Help for Your Health is BJC HealthCare’s employee wellness program. What are the elements of Help for Your Health?

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Help for Your Health

BJC’s Employee Wellness Program

*for standard presentations / Updated 9/2012*


What is Help for Your Health?

Help for Your Health is BJC HealthCare’s employee wellness program.

What are the elements of Help for Your Health?

  • Premium medical discounts for qualified employees
  • Free on-site health screenings for Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, Diabetes and Body Mass Index (BMI) assessment
  • Free smoking cessation programs
  • Weight management programs and partnership with Weight Watchers of North America
  • Free health promotion campaigns for breast, colon, stroke prevention and prostate health
  • Cafeteria programs and discounts
  • Numerous community partnerships and sponsorships

Other Elements of Help for Your Health

  • Primary Care Doctors
  • Occupational Health
  • BJC Call Center
  • OASIS (age 50+)
  • BJC Employee Assistance Program
  • Volunteer for Health

Primary Tools for Information



(health line)

(electronic medical storage)


Strategic Partnerships

  • St. Louis Blues - PSA Campaign
  • St. Louis Cardinals – “Health Hall of Fame” recognition program
  • Schnucks Markets – Coupons for fruits/vegetables, Weight Watchers meals, bottled water, aspirin and nicotine prevention products
  • St. Louis Science Center – Discounts for exhibits
  • St. Louis Sports Commission – Youth Sports Programs
  • Health Literacy Missouri – Health Literacy Materials
  • Morrison HealthCare – Healthier options at hospital cafeterias
  • Face & Body Day Spa For Men and Women – Breast Health Campaign
  • Fitness Experts – Colon Cancer Prevention Campaign and Stroke Prevention Campaign
  • Subway Sandwiches – Low-Fat sandwiches at health fairs and coupon programs
  • Dynamic Vending – Healthy food and beverage items in vending machines

Strategic Partnerships (cont’d)

  • Weight Watchers of North America – Online, at home, at work and community programs
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop – “March-Through-March” Campaign “FAB 5”
  • Big Shark Bicycle Co. & Trailnet – National “Bike to Work Day”
  • Trek Bikes – Bikes and accessories at a discount
  • New Balance – Shoe and exercise apparel at a discount
  • 24 Hour Fitness
  • Center of Clayton
  • Curves
  • Farmington Civic Center
  • Gold’s Gym
  • Jewish Community Center
  • YMCA

Fitness Discounts for BJC Employees


The State of Health in Our Community

Missourians have a higher-than-average incidence of major diseases due to the prevalence of high-risk health behaviors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyle, substance abuse and poor nutrition.


Help for Your Health Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Sherry Shuman, Medical Advisor
  • June Fowler, Vice President Corporate & Public Communications, Committee Chair
  • 50 Committee Members representing:
    • BJC Hospitals
    • BJC Business Units (Finance, Legal, Communications and Marketing, Call Center)
    • Employee Support Services (Human Resources, Occupational Health, BJC Employee Assistance, Behavioral Health, WellAware)
    • Key Partners (OASIS, Morrison Health Care, Health Literacy Services, Pharmacy, WUSM, BJC School Outreach, BJC Medical Group)

BJC Help For Your Health


  • Improve the health of BJC employees by reducing lifestyle-related risk factors through evidence-based interventions designed to impact these five key indicators of health:
    • Blood Pressure
    • Cholesterol
    • Blood Sugar
    • Body Mass Index
    • Tobacco Risk
  • Connect all employees to a primary care physician.
  • Build trust with all employees.

Employee Wellness Metrics

# of employees screened:

2005: 12,418 2006: 11,318 2007: 12,250 2011: 12,154

2008: 12,075 2009: 12,906 2010: 12,950


Health Fair Participation and Cost of Program

2011 Health Fairs:

  • Conducted 76 health fairs at every hospital and business unit
    • 44.4% Participation Rate

Cost of Overall Program:

  • Cost of program: approximately $24 per employee

How Do Employees Feel?

  • Conducted Health Literacy focus groups and distributed surveys to approximately 11,000 hospital and non-hospital employees
  • Feedback:
    • Could identify with “Help for Your Health” vs. “Health Literacy”
    • Enjoyed employee health fairs - want more!
    • Concerned about the use of data - “Big Brother”
    • Like incentives, coupons and creative programs promoting health
    • Smokers voiced concern about privacy
    • Participated in the Health Risk Assessment for financial discount
    • Agreed that BJC should help promote health for employees
    • One third of employees do not have a primary care physician

What Does the Future Hold?

  • Engage spouses and families in the program.
  • Develop a strong mental health literacy program focused on depression, anxiety and financial management.
  • Promote, an electronic storage tool for personal health information.
  • Transform cafeteria and food service – provide healthy options and balanced choices.
  • Transform vending services.
  • Focus on Diabetes risk prevention and education.
  • Health Coach program for employees offering a personal health coach for 6-12 sessions.
  • Develop opportunities for research and evaluation.
  • Position BJC as an “employer of choice” and a national model for employee wellness.