My Health

Our wellness platform is (and always will be) laser-focused on high-energy, socially charged activities designed to improve daily health habits. But we recognize and appreciate the desire to know your numbers and to measure your health status over time (and we realize that health assessments, biometric screenings, and coaching are often checklist requirements for corporate wellness programs). So we’ve made these “boring” clinical activities as pain-free (and dare we say engaging) as possible…

Health Quality Assessment

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Our assessment of health assessments

Shocker alert: we’re not huge fans of traditional health assessments. You can learn more about our views by visiting the Shocking Truths section of our blog, but the bottom line is this:

Traditional health assessments aren’t fun, so a monetary incentive is typically required to get people to fill them out. And even then you’re left with “data” from a bunch of self-reported survey responses. But then what? We don’t think you’re crazy if you offer a health assessment as part of your employee wellness program – we merely think you’re missing the boat if it’s your core focus.

Our approach to health assessments

Since health assessments are on many corporate-wellness checklists, we figured we’d build one that best matched our inimitable approach to behavior-changing worksite wellness – with the following just-as-good-as-if-not-better-than-the-other-guys features:

  • Takes just 5 minutes to complete (so people actually complete it, and don’t require a heavy incentive to do so)
  • Focuses on biometric and lifestyle questions (skipping the fluff … gathering the quantitative stuff that matters most)
  • Captures necessary core data, plus readiness-to-change in the most influential areas of wellness: optimal nutrition, physical activity, weight-management, and mental wellbeing
  • Provides a slick feedback report for members, with tips on how to improve their “risk” areas – as well as aggregate reporting for you at the employer level
  • Allows you to award any incentive you’d like for completion by a deadline (we’ll advise against this – but our system will accommodate any reward currency if you insist)
  • Can be deployed multiple times per year and is included in our standard price
  • Feeds into our My Health dashboard, allowing members to view their year-over-year stats and track progress over time
  • Feeds into Coach’s Corner, our lifestyle-coaching program that gives coaches insight to members’ current state of health (and allows for automatic recommended outreach based on scores/risks)

Turn it on, or turn if off – it matters not to us

Yep, we think our HQA is as effective as a health assessment can be. But it’s not the focus of our comprehensive wellness platform. If you like our health assessment, we’ll enable it at no extra charge. If you don’t like health assessments, or if you already use a health assessment that you like – whether through a clinical wellness vendor or your health plan – ours can be suppressed, no problem. We’ll even integrate the data into our My Health dashboard (for members to track their progress and work toward positive changes) and incentive-management system, regardless of the vendor you use.

Biometric Screenings

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Our stance on screenings

We’ve sometimes been misunderstood as being anti-biometrics … we’re not! Again, you can learn more about our overall position by visiting the Shocking Truths section of our blog, but the bottom line is this:

Biometric screenings can be helpful in delivering health information to employees, as well as setting a validated baseline for which to track employee health improvement over time. But biometric screenings are NOT a standalone employee wellness program. Anyone can step on a scale – but does that make them healthier? It’s what we do between measurements that makes all the difference – and that should be the main focus of every corporate wellness program.

Our approach to screenings

You don’t need to waste your precious wellness budget on elaborate incentives to coax employees to participate in biometric screenings. If insanely high participation is what you’re after, you need to:

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Offer employees a choice of biometric-screening methods, empowering them to choose their preferred option.

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Make it as simple as possible for employees to schedule their health screening, regardless of the method they choose.

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Automate communications and reminders to make sure employees know where to go and what to do (and actually show up).

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Make sure your wellness vendor holds the biometrics partner accountable during implementation (we probably don’t need to tell you what a nightmare onsite screenings can be if poorly planned).

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Use biometric screenings as a single component within your comprehensive worksite wellness program that’s engaging and fun.

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Read #5 again. Seriously.

Our screening options

If you want to help employees know their numbers and track health improvements over time, we offer a one-stop shop – with all screening options, scheduling tools, and results available in the same centralized portal as our other worksite wellness activities, social-engagement tools, challenges, and incentives.

Through our preferred partnership with Quest Diagnostics, we deliver seamless screening experiences for clients and members alike (think single billing, streamlined implementation and data management, and synergized account-management services at the client level – and single sign-on, an easy scheduling tool, and plenty of helpful communications and reporting on the member side). Click the following screening options to learn more about the various methods we offer:

On-site

For larger centralized locations, nothing beats the convenience of on-site screenings. Choose between finger-stick and venipuncture draws, and standard biometric measurements are included in every screening. Employees get screened at work and usually get their results immediately, blending the ultimate mix of convenience and instant gratification.
Lab

For extra-busy employees, those who travel a lot, or geographically dispersed workers, lab-based testing saves the day. And Quest’s national network of 2,200 Patient Service Centers Employees use our online portal to schedule an appointment with a local lab. They just show up at the designated time and view their results online a couple weeks later.
Physician

If on-sites and lab visits will not cover 100% of employees, physician forms are the best alternative.  Members simply visit their own PCP and have them fill out the form based on their results, and scan it back in to us. We take care of the rest.

If you have your own preferred vendor (or if you have your own staff that handles screenings), no problem – we’re happy to step back and simply integrate the data into our platform for incentive-management lifestyle-coaching. If you’re looking for a comprehensive offering, we’ve got you covered with multiple options, competitive rates, hands-on implementation, robust reporting, and consultative support.

Coach's Corner

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We never really understood why traditional health coaching had such a limited focus with punitive implications. We all have goals, and we could all use a coach to help us achieve them. So we believe that lifestyle coaching should be inspiring and that ANY member should have the privilege of working with a health coach. We also believe that coaches should have full transparency into members’ health habits – with an open, fluid dialogue from start to finish. So we created Coach’s Corner. It’s lifestyle coaching, reimagined…

Want to run your first half-marathon? Awesome – our coaches can help. Want to reduce your stress at work? No problem – our coaches can help. Ready to finally start your weight-loss journey, or lose those last 5 pounds to look like a princess in your wedding dress? Of course – in either case, our coaches can help. Are you still a smoker and don’t want to be? You bet – our coaches can help. (…notice any patterns here?)

So, what’s different about Coach’s Corner?
Bye-bye, penalty box.

Everyone can benefit from lifestyle coaching – not just the handful of high-riskers who are typically forced into it. Coach’s Corner is inviting and non-threatening – making all members, regardless of their health risks or wellness goals, feel welcome and inspired.

Hello, power to choose.

Most vendors assign a health coach without any input from the member. Not us. Our software allows members to choose their coach based on public profiles.

Whole-picture focus.

In addition to biometric and health-assessment data, our coaches get full transparency into members’ health habits through our proprietary administrative dashboard. With it, coaches can see:

  • Real-time physical-activity stats
  • Overall engagement in Sonic Boom
  • Progress toward coach-generated goals
  • Progress toward personal goals
  • Participation in contests/challenges
  • Progress toward company-set goals and incentives
Fluid conversations.

Sure, members join regularly scheduled telephonic coaching sessions throughout the year. But what happens between these calls? This is where Coach’s Corner shines, with ongoing status updates and digital dialogue shared between coaches and members on a regular basis. Coaches and members stay in constant contact between calls via:

  • Secure messaging
  • Proprietary tool that lets coaches know, “I’m on track” or “I’m off track – please help.”
  • Members log progress toward goals – coaches view and hold members accountable
  • Coach-generated contests (with live stats and chat function)
  • Coaching to the wrist™ (direct messaging for members with Striiv devices)
Coaches trained to be different.

We tried to outsource coaching, but found that even the best of the rest couldn’t meet our impeccably high standards. We found we could better control the quality of coaching and integration of our unique coaching platform by bringing the entire service in-house. Coach’s Corner is now a fully proprietary service offered by Sonic Boom Wellness. (Sonic Boom … coaching … who’da thunk it?)

Setting a new bar

Yes – we provide personal paths and pointers based on personal risks and health needs. But we also factor in personal engagement preferences and communication styles while giving our coaches the tools they need to assess employee-health risks, set relevant goals, track progress, and provide support/encouragement along the way.

We also make direct referrals to Employee Assistance Programs, Disease Management Programs, and other applicable third-party programming – depending on the vendor(s) you have in place and the data available to our wellness coaches. And we integrate everything within our streamlined wellness hub – tying together biometrics, assessments, lifestyle coaching, and incentive management – and leveraging our holistic mix of wellness tools to drive overall consistency in heath-habit improvement.

Coaching Referrals

 Employee Assistance Programs

 Disease Management

 Condition Management

 Financial Planner

 Weight Watchers

 Sleep Therapy