Best Practices in Training: Wellness Coaching That Works!
In a pilot project over a 12-month period, more than half of participants in a pilot program sponsored by Onlife Health, a national health and wellness company, and Government Employees Health Association (GEHA), a national health plan for federal employees, lowered their blood pressure through education, coaching, and monitoring.
Onlife coaches worked with GEHA members to educate them about the risks of high blood pressure. Throughout the first year, coaches helped participants make more informed choices and lifestyle changes aimed at lowering their blood pressure and maintaining wellness. Participants also used a variety of online tools to manage and monitor their progress.
Nearly 10 percent were able to maintain their blood pressure, and many saw their health improve enough to move from a hypertensive or prehypertensive status to a healthier state. Although the initial pilot was relatively small, just 156 patients, GEHA is significantly expanding the program.