Penn State, other companies take 'be healthy or pay' strides

1:37 PM, Jul 23, 2013   |    comments
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State University is one of many companies who are pushing their staff to stay healthy through an initiative that directly ties with their benefits. 

Penn State officials from the Office of Human Resources have added a wellness-focused initiative that will affect all faculty as they prepare for the 2014 Benefits Open Enrollment period. It's called 'Take Care of Your Health,' and is geared to help employees learn about health risks while taking proper precautions to ensure overall well-being.

While it sounds like a sure bet to maintain top-notch health, opting out of participation could really cost them a healthy fee: $100-per-month. 

According to Penn State, "beginning in January, benefits-enrolled employees and their spouse/SSDP will need to complete the simple steps of the Take Care of Your Health initiative."

Specific requirements at Penn Sate include:

As part of the program, benefits-enrolled employees and their spouse/SSDP will need to complete an online wellness profile and a preventive physical exam certification by Nov. 22, 2013. Employees also will need to complete a basic biometric screening, which includes a full lipid profile, random glucose, body mass index, waist circumference and blood pressure check, by Oct. 8, 2013. Mobile units from Highmark will provide opportunities to complete the wellness profile at each campus; in addition, biometric screenings are scheduled at each campus, free of charge. Both schedules are available at It is important to note that screening results are confidential and will not be used to remove or reduce health care benefits, nor raise an individual's health care premium. The results only are for individual health awareness, illness prevention and wellness promotion.

(Penn State News contributed to this report)

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