by Beth Shepard   Beth's profile on LinkedIn  

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My brother-in-law, David, recently underwent a complete physical; it had been several years. His regular doctor was booked out for several months, so my sister scheduled David’s appointment with another provider… someone he hadn’t seen before.

This provider entered the exam room and told David his blood pressure and labs looked good. And then she hit him with this: “I’m not going to beat around the bush; you’re fat. David was stunned. He knew he could stand to exercise more and lose some weight, but this remark was terribly blunt and unkind. She proceeded to ask him what he weighed on graduating from high school (~30 years ago). “I want you to go to the gym, do cardio, and don’t do strength training,” she went on. “Come back in 3 months; by then you should be 30 pounds lighter.”

by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

  • Participating on a team of 4-5 members means you’re twice as likely to be successful than if you go it alone for almost any health behavior. Every few years we check the numbers and it’s always the same — voluntary participation with teams and buddies trumps the loners.
  • Out-front management support doesn’t seem to matter much. Organizations with quietly supportive management appear to have just as much success recruiting and retaining participants in quality wellness campaigns as those with the top people leading the charge… and sometimes more (view our SlideShare: Self-Fulfilling Fallacies of the Wellness Industry). Depending on management’s reputation among employees, visible wellness program participation can be a turn-on or turn-off. 
by Dean Witherspoon   Dean's profile on LinkedIn  

Q: When’s the best time to promote participation for a new service or an enhanced version of today’s service?

A: As soon as the participant commits to your current offer.

Wellness managers are sometimes reluctant to push participation beyond what’s offered this month or what a client commits to at first, for fear they may not want the next product or service. On the other hand, they might… and there’s no risk in asking for commitment now — if they decline, you can ask them again next month or after they experience some success with the current service.

Some reasons to upsell: