West Chester, Pa.—September 14, 2010—Golf and country clubs across the country now have exclusive access to a wellness program with proven returns for their employees and members.
The Preferred Club Program (www.preferredclub.com), a leading insurance provider to the golf and country club industry, has partnered with Wellworks For You (www.wellworksforyou.com) to make the Wellworks For You wellness program available exclusively to its clubs and all clubs that are members of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).
“Wellness programs have been proven to improve employee health and productivity, while reducing workers’ compensation insurance costs,” said Philip J. Harvey, managing director of the Preferred Club Program. “We’re proud to offer Wellworks For You to clubs across the country. Wellworks For You has a strong focus on engaging employees, easy administration and measuring an employer’s return on investment.”
Preferred Club Program members receive Wellworks For You at a 50 percent discount, putting the cost of the program well below the industry average.
The Preferred Club Program, the flagship program of Venture Insurance Programs (www.ventureprograms.com), is a leading insurance provider to the golf and country club industry, insuring more than 1,000 private, semi-private and upscale daily-fee clubs, as well as eight of the 18 largest golf management companies in the U.S., with custom club package and workers’ compensation products. The program has issued over 12,000 golf-related policies and administered over 5,000 claims since its inception.
WellWorks For You is designed to support a healthier and more productive workforce, resulting in lower healthcare premiums and workers’ compensation costs, and increased employee retention and productivity. According to Wellworks For You, benefits of a workplace wellness program are:
- 25% average decrease in sick leave absenteeism
- 40% average decrease in workers’ compensation costs
- 26% average decrease in healthcare costs
- Increased job satisfaction and productivity
- Improved recruitment and retention
“It’s estimated that up to 40 percent of all deaths in the U.S. are premature and due to unhealthy lifestyle choices,” said Thomas Tegler, executive director of Wellworks For You. “Studies have shown that employees participating in their corporate wellness program enjoy better health and spend less on healthcare, and we are excited that the Preferred Club Program has taken the lead to improve the health of golf and country clubs across America.”
When clubs participate, they can offer their employees and members access to WW4U Online, a personal and confidential website with the necessary information to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Features include but are not limited to:
- Branded Wellness Website with the club’s Corporate Logo
- WellBalance – Interactive Fitness and Nutrition Planner
- Weekly Healthy Menu Plan with full recipes and grocery list
- WellTrek – enables participants to design walking or bicycling journeys for themselves on an interactive map and travel around the world.
- Pedometer Tracking Program and Free Pedometer for participants
- Personal Wellness Journal
- Monthly Trivia Questions with incentive prizes
- Five Personal Health Risk Assessments and wellness calculators
The program also makes health coaching available by telephone on a wide variety of topics, provides Health and Wellness Bulletins to keep employees up to date with current health topics, features Individual and Group Reporting that allows both individual and corporate reporting to help track the ongoing success of the program, and gives employees promotional items distributed through the year, such as T-shirts, coffee mugs, water bottles and more.
The Preferred Club Program offers proprietary risk management programs, administering over 5,000 club safety loss control visits for some of the best-run clubs in the country. Clubs that have utilized its comprehensive risk management programs have, on average, decreased claims frequency by 16 percent and claim severity by 18 percent per year. In addition, all clubs insured through the Preferred Club Program can receive exclusive CardioReady® Certification to assure that a cardiac emergency readiness plan is in place to help club members and patrons in a sudden cardiac arrest situation. This certification is not available through any other insurance provider.
About Venture Insurance Programs
Venture Insurance Programs (www.ventureprograms.com) is a leading program administrator that designs, underwrites and distributes industry-specific insurance packages. Based in West Chester, Pa., Venture has underwriting alliances with the world’s leading carrier groups, including Chubb, CNA, Crum & Forester, Fireman’s Fund, The Hartford, Hiscox, Markel, The Hanover, PIA, PMA, RLI, RSUI, USLI, Zurich North America and Lloyd’s of London. Founded in 1993, Venture provides specialty insurance packages for select vertical industries—including golf and country clubs, golf destination resorts, hunting and fishing lodges, life science businesses, technology companies, hotels and marina operators.
About Wellworks For You
Wellworks For You is an international corporate wellness company specializing in the design, implementation and management of comprehensive wellness programs. Based in West Chester, PA, Wellworks For You offers a wide variety of services to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. Online services include but are not limited to an interactive fitness and nutrition planner, free pedometer and pedometer tracking program, weekly meal plan with grocery list, personal wellness journal and our newest addition, WellTrek. This program enables you to design walking or bicycling journeys for yourself on an interactive map and travel around the world! Some additional services Wellworks For You offers include onsite nurse screenings, vaccination clinics, onsite chair massages, speakers, monthly wellness challenges and more!