In a day and age when insurance premiums typically increase an average of about 8 percent each year—with some companies facing a staggering 54 percent increase this year—it’s refreshing to learn that one company decreased their insurance premiums by an impressive 25 percent.
They really know how to work it.
What is even more fantastic, if you ask me, is that they did so by their integrative nutrition and wellness approach to employee health care. Specifically, they used micronutrient testing, nutritional supplements and a natural health philosophy. That says a lot about them, and it says a lot about the effectiveness of their approach—which is transferrable to just about any company or workplace. Not only do they glean the benefit of better health, but that can also mean lower premiums, less absenteeism, more energetic employees and more money to the bottom line and in employees’ paychecks.
Here’s what happened:
The Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas, has been about improving people’s lives through nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation, and natural therapies for several decades. They’re practicing what they preach, however, because their employees and their families are reaping the benefits of their natural health philosophies and practices. They found out that their employee insurance premiums decreased by 25 percent, rather than increasing by 8 percent—or even up by 54 percent—like other companies.
Their philosophy is so familiar. Instead of treating symptoms with a one-size-fits-all approach like mainstream medicine does, they customize wellness plans for individuals—including their employees and their families. While the general population grows increasingly unhealthy and insurance rates skyrocket, those at the Riordan Clinic are having the opposite results. They’re stemming the tide of increasing health insurance rates, while improving their employees’ health, morale and productivity.
They’re not alone, either. There is a positive trend that increasing numbers of people are taking health matters into their own hands—many of them looking to more natural solutions in managing their health. For example, functional foods are gaining in popularity. Likewise, even back in 2009, 56 percent of adults—about 121 million—used nutritional supplements, with 62 percent of those polled saying that they “agree a lot” that taking vitamins/minerals makes a difference.
It looks like the message is coming across loud and clear, too. People are taking a decisively proactive role in their health. They’re turning away from business as usual and turning towards nutrition in greater numbers.
I’ve known for a long time that dietary and lifestyle changes are the answers for attaining and maintaining extraordinary health. I’m delighted to know that it’s catching on even more—and not only making a difference in individuals’ lives, but also in the workplace.
It’s beginning to show that people are working it—this healthier diet and lifestyle—to their advantage.