Healthy Vision Summit Wellness Recommendations – Distilled

I used the same process described below (for the uninsured recommendations) to distill and organize the approved Summit II recommendations on wellness. Again, please use this blog to comment on what you like and don’t like.

Texas Medical Association’s Healthy Vision 2010 Health Care Summit II Recommendations – Wellness:

To enhance wellness from both the employer and community perspective, the State of Texas should:

  1. Launch educational programs on health, nutrition, and fitness through government entities at all levels, in collaboration with private businesses and organizations. These would include both school- and community-based programs:
    – Strengthening health education requirements in schools to include evidence-based classes on wellness, nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco/alcohol/drug abuse prevention.
    – Requiring school-year-round physical education in all grades, K-12.
    – Offering incentives for community organizations and local governments to provide wellness education and programs for residents of all ages.
    – Requiring wellness classes for adults as a condition of enrollment in community health care programs, such as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs).
  2. Undertake a campaign to educate employers about the positive return on investment from wellness programs.
  3. Partner with private companies that have established wellness programs to offer the following resources to employers, health plans, local governments, school districts, and community leaders:
    – Technical assistance,
    – Best practices guidance,
    – Employee educational materials,
    – Templates for rudimentary programs, and
    – Health risk assessment tools that promote employee health, wellness and disease prevention.
  4. Provide and authorize incentives to encourage healthy behavior and discourage unhealthy behavior. These incentives would include premium adjustments and tax incentives.
  5. Place all state employees in a wellness program. Measure and publicize the return on investment of this program. Provide incentives for school districts and state-supported institutions of higher education to offer wellness programs to faculty, teachers, and employees. These programs should be flexible for employees’ special medical needs.
  6. Ban tobacco use in all public places.

Note: Posting these recommendations does not imply that Texas Medical Association endorses or supports any or all of these recommendations. Like other organizations involved in the Healthy Vision Summit II, TMA is reviewing the recommendations and will offer further comments at Summit III.

Published in: on September 15, 2006 at 4:58 pm  Comments (2)  

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