Twyla Hutchins, RN, BSN, COHN-S, Health Management Officer
Hill, Chesson & Woody
When it comes to promoting wellness initiatives, one of the leading companies nationwide in this movement is Whole Foods Market. John Mackey, the company’s co-creator and co-CEO, recently discussed Whole Foods’ innovations in employee healthcare programs and mentioned two distinctive factors that he believes are cutting costs – a healthy discount incentive and total health immersion.
The Healthy Discount Incentive Program
Based on each team member’s degree of wellness, this program offers employees additional discounts at Whole Foods’ stores beyond the standard 20 percent that all of them receive. The extra discount is based on meeting certain biometric criteria for cholesterol levels, body mass index, height-to-waist ratio and blood pressure, along with being nicotine free. There are four additional levels of discounts based on the team member’s score.
Total Health Immersion