South Florida Community College Awards Employees with Health Incentives
Through hard work and college-wide participation, South Florida Community College (SFCC) was recently awarded $10,000 from BlueCross/Blue Shield and the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (FCSRMC) to provide additional wellness incentives for its employees. SFCC surpassed its goal with 156 full-time employees completing the Personal Health Assessment during the eighth annual Wellness Fair held last year, and was, therefore, qualified to receive the $10,000.
SFCC was one out of 11 community colleges in Florida that attained the requisite number of participants to be awarded the $10,000 and at 55 percent, also had the third highest participation percentage based on eligible members per college.
The SFCC Wellness Committee has worked diligently over the past few months to outline incentives and rewards for college employees. The $10,000 has been broken into nine allocation categories. “The Wellness Committee’s recommendations for allocating SFCC’s award of $10,000 are outstanding,” said Susie Hale, director, human resources. “These resources have made it possible to tangibly reward employees for their healthy choices.” The first allocation is for the eight employees who reached the third tier of the Blue Rewards Program in 2011. They will receive a $75 reward.
The second allocation is for blood drive incentives. Nineteen people have given blood since July 2011and will receive a $10 gift card, and the next 20 people who give blood will also receive a $10 gift card.
The third allocation is for a Wellness Fair door prize. One lucky person who completes their personal health assessment (PHA) will win a Wii Fit bundle at this year’s Wellness Fair.
The fourth allocation provides funds to subsidize entry fees for employees for college or local race events. Funds have already been used to subsidize entry fees for the Panther 5K and the Sebring Chamber of Commerce Night Moves Run/Walk. Funds will also be used to provide $5 off of each employee registration this year for the Heartland Games for Active Adults held in March.
The fifth allocation will reimburse participants $60 for completing the 17-week Weight Watchers at Work program. Twenty employees have already completed the program and will be reimbursed. The next Weight Watchers at Work class will also receive a $60 reimbursement after completing the 17-week session.
The sixth allocation subsidizes the cost of a motivational speaker at a health and wellness event for employees.
The seventh allocation provides funds to employees for Tobacco Free Initiative medications to aid them in smoking cessation. No one has yet taken advantage of these funds, but the funds are available if the need arises. A physician’s prescription is required to participate and funding will be handled on a reimbursement basis.
The eighth and ninth allocation provides funds to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) and related supplies for use in the gym and athletic areas. This purchase will put the college in compliance with the FCSRMC requirement that any gym in use by college employees must have an AED on site. It also pays for 10 college employees to receive AED, First Aid, and CPR training. Spots are still available for this training if any college employees are interested.
This year, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Florida and the Florida College System Risk Management Consortium (FCSRMC) is again providing college employees the chance to participate in the wellness incentive called Blue Rewards. By completing various health assessments and lifestyle improvement programs before the end of the year, college employees earn credits that can be exchanged for gift cards. Sandy Turke, benefits coordinator, said, “This program is about rewarding the college employees who are proactive versus reactive concerning their health and wellness.”
Each participant may earn up to 750 points for completing the entire Blue Rewards program. Twice during the program, participants may trade 250 points they’ve earned for a $25 gift card. Participants can earn their first 250 points by undergoing a personal health assessment (PHA) at the SFCC’s annual Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, March 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., in the SFCC University Center, SFCC Highlands Campus.
BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) will provide the free PHA screenings for full-time employees for cholesterol, glucose, and blood pressure. To participate in the PHA, it is necessary to register online at https://pickatime.com/client?ven=11603375. “I hope we’ll have a high level of participation in the personal health assessment at our upcoming Wellness Fair so we can continue the plan next year,” Hale said. Fasting is optional for the screening; however, the recommended length of time for participants who choose to fast is two hours before their screening. To receive the $25 gift card for completing the PHA, participants can enroll in the online tracking program by logging into their My Blue Service account at www.bcbsfl.com.
If 50 percent of full-time employees participate, SFCC is eligible to again receive $10,000 to fund future wellness endeavors and provide individual rewards. “We have been able to do so much with the $10,000 we received last year,” Turke said. “To win it again this year, we need help from the entire college because participation is the key to success for this program.”
Rewards and reimbursements for employees exceeding $25 are considered taxable income and subject to federal withholding tax. For more information about the wellness allocations or the upcoming Health and Wellness Fair, contact Sandy Turke at 784-7419.