The Benefits of Volunteering

Team Prevention, a group of employees at USPM, is participating in the StepOut Walk to Fight Diabetes, a fundraising event for the American Diabetes Association on November 6. We are also members of The Prevention Plan (TPP) a comprehensive program offered to our employees. TPP is also part of the health strategy of other employers and now has members in all 50 States and the United Kingdom.

The Prevention Plan has a unique feature called The Prevention Score. This score seeks to measure an individuals health proactivity.  The way it works is you get points based upon your health risk assessment and biometrics, and during the year you earn additional points and improve your Prevention Score by doing the right things.  Some of these include:  getting appropriate preventive screenings, participating in action programs to improve your health and participating in community events.

Numerous studies have looked at the relationship between volunteering and health. Here is a quote regarding some of the research on this relationship and a link:

The Health Benefits of Volunteering: A Review of Recent Research,” has established a strong relationship between volunteering and health: those who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life than those who do not volunteer.

So doing good is actually good for your health and that’s another reason why community events are part of the Prevention Score.

About Fred Goldstein

President and Founder of Accountable Health, LLC. My background includes over 25 years of health care experience in hospital administration, health plan management, disease management and population health.
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