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for Wellness Professionals
Motivate your employees to participate in wellness programs and maintain high levels of engagement.
Dietitians, Naturopaths, weight loss specialists and corporate wellness programs all use InBody devices as a powerful tool to manage and track client progress and motivate and retain employees.
Why is body composition analysis an important tool in corporate wellness?
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody Test provides easy-to-understand, accurate and objective measurements to evaluate changes in body composition. The InBody can be used to:
- Screen and educate employees about health
- Receive a comprehensive assessment of body composition to better evaluate employees’ health status
- Set the foundation for designing an individualized and effective action plan for each employee
- Provide a convenient, accessible method to allow employees to track changes throughout their wellness program.
Provide convenient and accessible wellness programs that track progress
Traditional corporate wellness programs bring in a group of health professionals or other specialists for health screenings. This allows participants to receive a variety of health evaluations and consultations to set goals for the coming months in the program. However, without appropriate resources, employees have no way of knowing if they have made progress or tracking changes and may become disheartened. Additionally, employees may misplace the health information that was originally provided, leaving them with no reference for progress. Moreover, some wellness programs may be mobile services or scheduled during the work day, limiting accessibility for certain employees depending on their schedule.
InBody is a small, user-friendly piece of equipment that can be kept on-site for employee convenience. The device guides employees through testing without the need for a test administrator, allowing employees to test multiple times throughout their program and track changes on their own on a regular basis. The test itself lasts 60 seconds enabling workers to test on breaks, before their shift, or at the end of the day. Finally, the easy-to-understand result sheets allow employees to gauge progress after their initial consultation. InBody also provides online resources to assist in employee education and interpretation in cases where staff is limited, allowing the employee to take control of their own direction.
Once and accessibility offers wellness program participants a way to engage and compare their results to others while also monitoring their own progress. In doing so, employees are provided with a means to understand their health and take their own initiative, leading to better outcomes for both employee and company.
Provide accurate results and effectively identify potential health risk in employees
Screening is an important part of wellness programs and provides a baseline assessment of employees’ health. Body mass index (BMI) is a simple ratio of weight to height2 that is often used to assess health and health risk. While charts providing standard BMI cutoffs are readily available and widely used, health evaluations solely based on BMI should be considered with caution. This is because BMI does not distinguish between fat mass and lean mass; instead, it relies on weight as a measure of health, regardless of what that weight is comprised of. Therefore, it is possible for individuals to receive misguided information about their true state of health. Body composition, however, describes the physical components that comprise the body, allowing the distinction of water, lean and fat mass that make up an individual’s weight to be assessed to determine health risk.
Body composition can be measured noninvasively by bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). BIA has many advantages over BMI for determining fatness and health risk in a corporate wellness setting because it is portable, easily performed, reproducible, and a more reliable method for health screenings. An in-depth body composition report allows for accurate evaluation and interpretation of the amount of fat gained and muscle lost from unhealthy lifestyles common in traditional work environments. Such changes generally lead to a rise in percent body fat (PBF), which increases the risk for development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, and even certain cancers.
In addition to PBF, InBody provides information on visceral fat. Visceral fat, which surrounds the intra-abdominal organs, has been associated with a multiplicity of metabolic abnormalities, including insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, glucose intolerance, type 2 diabetes, and other indicators of cardiometabolic risk. An understanding of the amount of overall fat mass and the ability to identify visceral fat levels will provide employees with the tools they need to make proactive health decisions.
InBody results sheets offer a way to educate clients on their health in ways not achievable with a simple BMI calculation. While most employees understand the association of fat mass with poor health outcomes, InBody can help bridge the gap between understanding the importance of fat-free mass and the balance of muscle and fat in the body for optimal health. By utilizing InBody in a corporate wellness program, wellness staff members will be able to provide accurate results and effectively identify potential health risk in employees.
Guide wellness plans and ensure alignment with personal goals
Corporate wellness programs often include some form of biometric testing, such as blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, or BMI, to determine an employee’s health status. While a great start to identifying health risk, these do not provide a detailed indication of where an employee should start making changes in their wellness journey. Health Risk Assessment (HRA) questionnaires are also commonly used; however, the general consensus is that administering questionnaires alone is not enough to initiate significant changes in overall health profile. Experts recommend that all HRA’s be followed by specific risk-factor counseling and opportunities for participation in health promotion interventions. General encouragement from company programs to “get healthy” based on these metrics lacks impetus for creating lasting lifestyle changes in employees. Thus, tailoring programs on an individual basis are necessary for elevating wellness services to the next level and ensuring the effectiveness of the program.
With InBody result sheets, appropriate health interventions can be designed for each employee to maximize progress and achievement of goals. A comprehensive report on body composition allows wellness coaches and coordinators to target specific problem areas that increase health risk in order to streamline the healthcare approach as well as produce long-term healthcare savings for the company. It can be discouraging to hear about health risks, especially when not concurrently equipped with the knowledge to improve one’s health status. InBody is a versatile tool for guiding wellness plans and ensuring alignment with personal goals. InBody’s in-depth breakdown of body composition offers wellness professionals a way to not only evaluate muscle and fat balance in clients but also identify segmental distribution of lean mass.
Importantly, muscular imbalances, which increase risk of injury or falls, can be identified and improved through a tailored corrective exercise intervention. In addition, skeletal muscle mass, especially in the lower limbs, negatively contributes to visceral fat; maintaining leg lean mass through daily activity may improve and control visceral obesity as well as decrease risk for metabolic syndrome and other obesity-related disorders. By measuring body composition and setting goals with employees, wellness faculty can effectively identify and address health risks to promote long-term improvement, leading to a more successful program as well as return on investment for the company.