A Word from Human Resources
New “Life Points” Program Offered
It’s no secret that the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle are many, for both individuals and their employer. Studies show that healthier employees are often happier. The reality, as confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and other researchers, is that up to 75 percent of total U.S. health care costs are for the care of preventable diseases often caused by poor health habits and unhealthy lifestyles.
Over the years, the Division of Human Resources has launched a series of programs to encourage Rensselaer faculty and staff to consider the benefits of pursuing healthier lifestyle habits to improve one’s holistic outlook of the mind, body, and spirit.
Now, in partnership with Capital District Physician’s Health Plan (CDPHP), Rensselaer will offer the Life Points program. The free program allows faculty and staff members to earn points as they take steps to make healthy decisions. For example, individuals who pursue activities such as enrolling in a wellness program, joining a gym, getting a flu shot, or scheduling an annual health exam will earn Life Points. To start the process, individuals need to complete an online Personal Health Assessment form that is available on the CDPHP site.
The points can be redeemed for gift cards and merchandise—up to $365 annually—from more than 350 retailers, catalogs, restaurants, and travel and entertainment providers.
We believe that encouraging healthy living through an incentive program such as Life Points can save thousands of dollars each year in health care costs and improve employee productivity. Research shows that organizations that support workplace health have a greater percentage of employees at work every day. In addition, healthier employees are less likely to call in sick or use vacation time due to illness. Also, employee health frequently carries over into better health behavior and activities that may be imitated by their families and fellow co-workers. This may encourage individuals to work on cooking nutritious meals at home or increasing their physical activity and exercise regimen with family members.
We truly believe that the Life Points program will be beneficial to members of the campus community. It is evident that participating in healthy activities can be rewarding. It can positively impact employee morale, help us retain quality employees, attract new employees, and improve productivity. Best wishes for a happy and healthy summer!
Curtis N. Powell, SPHR
Vice President for Human Resources
For more information, contact the Division of Human Resources at (518) 276-6302.