SOURCE: Tangerine Wellness

September 10, 2008 09:00 ET

Tangerine Wellness Lightens the Load at Ministry Health Care

Employees Lose More Than Three Tons of Weight, Get Paid to Lose; Food Diaries Most Popular Online Tool

MILWAUKEE, WI and BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - Ministry Health Care employees are losing... that is 6,030 pounds in collective weight loss after just three months on the Tangerine Wellness program. Ministry Health Care, a values-driven healthcare delivery network of aligned hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, home care agencies, dialysis centers and many other programs and services, teamed up with Tangerine Wellness, the first incentive-based weight management program that reduces the cost of healthcare for employers as part of a Ministry wellness initiative, A Healthier You.

Tangerine's voluntary program offers incentives to employees who improve their health by achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. The recurring quarterly program encourages weight management through individual rewards and teamwork.

Eleven teams from Ministry Health Care's various facilities competed to improve their health and the top three teams, rewarded individually for their weight loss, will also contribute $8,500 collectively to three local charities.

"We are not at all surprised with the results," said Frank Flynn, Manager of Benefits for Ministry Health Care. "The incentive program works, the online tools for logging in foods, activities and weight also work great. We've seen our overweight or obese rate drop from 76 percent to 71 percent in just one quarter. Employees are getting healthier and earning extra money for themselves and for their community."

In addition to Tangerine's unique incentive program, employees at Ministry took advantage of Tangerine's online tools, particularly the popular food diary where employees can log in their daily food intake. A recent study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that maintaining daily food diaries are a key to losing weight. Tangerine's built-in tools also include the ability to share diet and exercise tips with others, manage diet and fitness activities, keep track of calorie counts and track weight loss.

"Our employees are immediately benefiting from our wellness initiative with Tangerine," said Cheryl Zima, Vice President of Human Resources for Ministry Health Care. "More than 35 employees tell us they've lost more than 20 pounds! People are excited. It's simple, easy-to-use and is conducive to a long-term wellness initiative."

For large employers like Ministry Health Care, initiating a wellness program for thousands of employees can be overwhelming and often unsustainable because the program is too complicated or lacks the right incentives. Tangerine's program is easy and pays for itself within the first year by reducing the cost of healthcare claims and improving the health and productivity of participating employees.

The Tangerine Wellness program, which is a non-prescriptive approach to weight-loss and health improvement, focuses on the idea that not just one wellness program will work for everyone. Using Tangerine, employees earn cash and other rewards for losing weight. Employers lower healthcare costs and improve morale and productivity through Tangerine's customized, fully outsourced program that includes a suite of online and offline services. By offering cumulative rewards and allowing participants to track their results online, Tangerine keeps the program interesting and easy for its participants.

About Tangerine Wellness

Founded in 2004, Tangerine Wellness is the leading corporate weight-management program that directly rewards employees for losing weight and for maintaining a healthy weight. Tangerine's interactive weight-loss program has a direct and positive effect on employee healthcare costs, morale and productivity. Tangerine has successfully implemented programs in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare and government/university entities that are translating into direct healthcare cost-savings. The company's collective leadership includes Sen. Bill Bradley and top executives with expertise in corporate wellness, healthcare and benefits administration. Tangerine is headquartered in Boston, with offices in Chicago, Houston and New York. Go to www.tangerinewellness.com for further information.

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