Wellness Score

Definition - What does Wellness Score mean?

A wellness score is a numeric value assigned to an individual’s personal health status. This is usually provided after the completion of a health risk assessment (HRA) and biometric testing. This score allows the individual to quickly evaluate and compare their health and wellness level to the national average. This information can then be used to plan a health improvement program. The wellness score may also be referred to as a personal wellness score, health score, fitness score, or health and well-being index (HWB index).

WorkplaceTesting explains Wellness Score

A wellness score is a numerical representation of an employee's health status. To compute a wellness score, employees must complete multiple health screening programs. A health risk assessment (HRA) consists of an entire data set regarding an individual’s health, lifestyle, and risk activities. Biometric testing screens the individual’s overall health and physical condition. Blood pressure, cholesterol, fitness, and weight may be considered in this process. Once an HRA and biometric screening have been completed, a participant is often provided with a wellness score, usually a number between 0 and 100. The wellness score is based on the individual’s age and gender, health behaviors and current condition, and use of preventative services. The wellness score provides feedback to the individual regarding his or her overall well-being and personal health status. Providing employees with wellness scores is often a part of an employer’s comprehensive health and wellness program.

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