HDL, Inc. Recognized as a Featured Wellness Program in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Fall Newsletter
Company highlighted as best-in-class workplace wellness program

RICHMOND, VA (October 7, 2014) – Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc.’s innovative workplace wellness program was featured in the fall newsletter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and highlighted the company’s outcomes-based approach to employee wellness. Download the full newsletter here; the HDL, Inc. article begins on page 8. 

The article showcases HDL, Inc.’s employee health improvement offering, which is based on an immersive culture of health paired with comprehensive laboratory testing and behavior change strategies. This unique program is helping to drive measurable health and cost outcomes with both the company’s internal employees and in various external worksite populations.

The design of the HDL, Inc. employee wellness program includes three basic parts: risk identification with comprehensive laboratory testing, engagement and health improvement, and follow-up screenings and outcomes. HDL, Inc. believes that employee engagement is the key to a successful wellness program, the newsletter notes. HDL, Inc. lives its mission, and all employees receive testing paired with health consulting as part of an incentivized wellness program that rewards participants with zero-premium health insurance. 

After just two rounds of programming, aggregate reporting revealed high participation levels and strong health improvement outcomes for HDL, Inc. employees:

  • 99% of employees participated in the health insurance incentive program
  • 71% of employees participated in an additional monetary incentive program
  • 3% employee turnover rate 

Program participants improved their lifestyle and lowered their health risk:

  • 70% of participants showed weight loss, with an average loss of 2.5 lbs.
  • 13% of participants lowered their risk for heart disease
  • 2% lowered diabetes risk 

In addition, recent independent evaluations of HDL, Inc. data confirm the financial value of this comprehensive approach: 

  • 23%: the average reduction in claims costs for HDL, Inc. patients, compared to a matched control
  • Up to $2,115 per person per year: potential cost avoidance for HDL, Inc. program participants
  • 2:1: estimated return on investment (ROI) after just one year of wellness programming 
As the newsletter article concludes, while evidence in favor of worksite wellness is still emerging, HDL, Inc. has found an innovative employee health improvement that produces significant behavior change and measurable outcomes. As such programs become more common, HDL, Inc. continues to encourage the use of this comprehensive approach to reduce costs – and most importantly, save lives. 

“Greater than half of the American adult population has one or more chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Thus, it should not be a surprise that employees with chronic diseases are found at all levels of a company, from the mailroom to the boardroom,” Bonnie J. Bradley, MPH, RD, LD, Chair of the Public Health/ Community Nutrition Practice Group for the Academy, wrote in the newsletter. “We encourage and support organizations for their successes in establishing ‘cultures of health’ by focusing on prevention, by investing in a healthy workforce, and by directly linking the health of employees to business goals.” 

The Digest, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is a resource for population health news. The publication’s fall issue focused on innovative workplace wellness programs. 

About Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. 
Founded in 2008, Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. (HDL, Inc.) is a leader in health management offering a comprehensive test menu of biomarkers that uncover risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. HDL, Inc.’s systematic approach identifies specific factors contributing to disease and provides a basis for more targeted treatment, allowing physicians to more effectively manage patients and individuals to take steps to improve their health. Individuals receive a personalized overview of their risk factors along with intensive counseling from expert Clinical Health Consultants. This tailored health coaching, generally provided at no additional cost, helps improve compliance and enhance satisfaction. Through the My Health Counts program, HDL, Inc. delivers comprehensive testing and wellness services to populations, including employers, integrated care models, and health systems. HDL, Inc. is a CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory. For more information, visit myHDL.com, and make HDL, Inc. part of your digital lifestyle at Facebook.com/myhdl and on Twitter @hdltweets.

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