Chronic illnesses are becoming an epidemic in the United States. The concern of healthcare providers is how best to combat these health concerns. The purpose of this research is to revise CU WELL, Clemson University's employee wellness program, by identifying successful qualities of incentivized wellness programs. The CU WELL program has a Health Activity Tracker (HAT), which allows participants to track and earn points for healthy lifestyle choices. The team revised the HAT to include activities that are relevant and appealing to Clemson University employees. In addition, the team chose incentive rewards that encourage healthy lifestyles. In order to measure the effectiveness of CU WELL, the team created an online survey to be administered in 2016 to evaluate the intentions and motivating factors of participants for joining and continuing participation in CU WELL. In conclusion, transforming CU WELL into an incentive-based program will encourage Clemson employees to take an active role in improving their health. Calhoun Honors College and Creative Inquiry sponsored this research.
Moore, Caitlin; Tantillo, Gabrielle; and Miller, Taryn, "Wellness Programs: Utilizing Incentives to Shrink Americans' Waistlines" (2015). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 106.