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Let’s ‘Push for Platinum’ in 2021!

by Megan Sherman, Health and Wellness Educator
Happy New Year to 2021

In 2020 you encouraged your co-workers to get to Vitality Gold status. Now we’re stepping it up and aiming to get as many LCMS workers to Platinum! Support your co-workers throughout their journey to Platinum status using physical, emotional, financial, spiritual and other wellness activities that’ll be promoted in the Wellness Champion emails and Concordia Plans communications throughout 2021.

Why Vitality?

Vitality is an incentive-based health and wellness program that provides individualized guidance to lower health risks for those who engage in the program. Incentives are great for those who need some external motivation, while the program’s ability to customize for the individual makes it more impactful than general wellness guidelines. Plus, the individualization means it works to move from external motivation slowly towards internal motivation. 

Why Platinum?

Platinum status is where activities or habits are formed and long-lasting, which means the health benefits are bigger! Your co-workers may notice that it takes a little longer than it took to get to Silver and Gold, but this extra time is cementing habits that have a longer impact on their health.

What’s in it for me? My ministry?

  • For you as a Wellness Champion: Despite all the challenges in 2020, the “Going for Gold” campaign was a success! By October 2020, almost 30% of LCMS church workers in Vitality were at Silver or above. A big part of this was due to your efforts.

    Wellness Champions are an integral part of the health and wellness equation. You are the eyes and ears of wellness in your ministry. You are the cheerleader and the coach. We know that some days your impact may feel small, but even the smallest interactions or initiatives have a ripple effect that end up creating big waves in your ministry.

    Concordia Plan Services aims to equip you and your ministry leaders the best we can to make health and wellness an impactful endeavor. One of the ways we do that is supporting you through the Wellness Champion network with tools and resources while also bringing top-of-the-line programs like Vitality to your co-workers.

    Getting your co-workers engaged in Vitality not only can improve their initial health and wellness, but the program helps to create the momentum for you. When momentum gets going, it makes your job easier. Plus, the program will help each person focus on what is uniquely beneficial to them.

  • For your ministry: Everyone in ministry has to wear more than one hat (or two or three), and to keep up, you need to be healthy. Every time a co-worker leaves, it puts a kink in your well-oiled machine’s rhythm. It costs money, time and risks the effectiveness of delivering the Good News when co-workers aren’t well or end up leaving.

Vitality engagement:

  • Keeps employees on the job (a smaller number of sick days).
    • 5.75% of employees at Bronze/Silver had health related absence vs. 3.45% of employees at Gold/Platinum status.
  • Is associated with lower turnover.
    • 11% turnover rate for those at Bronze or Silver vs. 6% for those at Gold or Platinum.
  • Is associated with fewer workman’s comp claims.
  • Can lead to decreased health care costs for the employer.
  • Makes co-workers more likely to report satisfaction with their job; satisfaction that could equal retention.

Help us take care of the workers of the LCMS by encouraging engagement in health and wellness. Get your co-workers started with this month’s challenge (see the next article). And, remember, as a Wellness Champion, you play an important part in each of your co-worker’s health journey. Your co-workers know you, they trust you and are inspired by you. Walk with them, and remember, we are always here to help!