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University of Iowa News Release

April 3, 2006

UI Will Launch Employee liveWELL Health Program

University of Iowa Central Human Resources will launch an employee health and wellness program this spring designed to integrate health and productivity efforts for all eligible UI staff and faculty.

The new program, called liveWELL, will be a joint effort of UI Wellness, UI Benefits, the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine, Public Health, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Pharmacy and Dentistry, the UI Health Plans, and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Faculty and staff will begin enrolling in the program this month.

Joni Troester, director of UI WorkLife and Wellness, says there are many benefits to the liveWELL program, including a free health risk assessment that will help identify current or possible future specific health risks.

"The employee can then share this information with her or his primary care provider," says Troester, "and depending on what the assessment finds, may qualify for other opportunities to work towards individual health goals with a health coach or other professional provided by the program. The health coach can then refer the employee to an appropriate behavior change program or care management program."

"Faculty and staff are the university's most important asset," says Susan Buckley, associate vice president and director of human resources, "so a healthy, vital workforce not only reduces the cost of health care, but increases productivity, improves performance, and reduces absenteeism."

The health risk assessment survey tool is the foundation of the liveWELL Program, Troester says. The survey consists of a series of questions related to an individual's lifestyle practices, health history, biometric measures and how ready they are to implement change.

For more information on the liveWELL program, see the web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/livewell/

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Charles S. Drum, 319-384-0048, charles-drum@uiowa.edu; Program: Joni Troester, 319-335-2692, joni-troester@uiowa.edu