A wellness program for Lubbock district schools

by: Nichole Gunn July 14, 2010

In order to cut down on absences and increase productivity the Lubbock Independent School District board has recently voted on introducing an employee wellness program. The program will offer health screenings aimed at determining any potential health risks that employees may have. The program will be in place at the beginning of August, just in time for employees to have screenings before the kids start the school year.

Bill Tarro, executive director of risk management stated that the new wellness program is expected to reduce healthcare costs. "We'll have some type of incentive, we're not sure what, but they'll be an incentive for you to go get this wellness screening done, probably a premium reduction, so you have something to do this for.", says Tarro.

While some employees might not be motivated to participate in the program, others may find that the wellness programs is capable of creating life changing experiences. If it weren’t for one of his screenings, physical education teacher, Barry Holly, wouldn’t have found out he had type 2 diabetes. “I guess I’d say it saved my life,” says Holly.

With this employee wellness screening motion in full force, Lubbock’s expects to see a decline in health care expenses resulting directly from a decline in the number of sick days taken, as well as a decrease in the need to hire replacements.