Your personal doctor is always your first contact for your health. However, the Adventist Health team is advocating on behalf of you as a health plan member, and has had a very successful experience doing this for over 32,000 members covered by its own health plan. It would be foolish not to take advantage of the advice and expertise they can provide.
Ascend to Wholeness is an activity-based wellness program as opposed to a results-based program. This means that we as employees/spouses must agree to engage with the Adventist Health team. If for example, the results of my biometrics screening reveal that I’m 40lbs overweight, the Adventist Health team will discuss with me lifestyle changes to lose weight. If at the end of the year, I have not lost 40lbs, that does not prevent me from remaining in the program the next year. The key is that I’m participating in the program.
NOTE: The results from other Adventist health care employers across the country show that employees/spouses choose to be engaged once they have these kinds of resources made available to them. By participating in the wellness programs and care coordination, they have enjoyed positive lifestyle changes and improved health.