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Health Matters Thriving, Now a Standalone Wellness Program

Effective July 1, 2017, The Trust’s Health Matters Program is officially a standalone wellness program, operating independently from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI). This change allows Health Matters more flexibility to provide customized and comprehensive plans to help each Member meet their specific needs. It has also provided The Trust with the opportunity to develop its own customized Health Matters Wellness Portal.

“After much thought and analysis, we decided to make this big change for Health Matters because we can now offer more wellness opportunities to our Members at significantly lower costs. Not only will this change help grow Health Matters as a whole, it will better help Members change the wellness culture at their worksites,” said Brian Lavallee, Director of Employee Benefits Programs.

At the close of the last policy year, 74% of Trust Health Pool Members participated in Health Matters wellness programming.  Other areas of growth were highlighted in terms of participation which increased by 49%, while the number of programs offered increased by 86%.  Member employees seemed to enjoy the variety and mix of program offerings Health Matters is now able to provide.  Self-directed challenges remain the most popular programs, followed by multi-week programs and then on-site seminars.  

The development of its very own Wellness Portal, which launched on August 1, 2017, brings another new dimension to the Health Matters wellness experience. This fully customized portal provides Member employees with a centralized place to log, track and manage their wellness journey.  It also serves as the hub for all Health Matters events and challenges so employees are able to see upcoming events and sign-up to participate. The portal was    designed to be a one-stop-shop for all things wellness and, in turn, will further increase Member employee participation and well-being.

Another new addition this year are the month-long Health Matters Awareness Campaigns. These campaigns are designed to encourage Member employees to focus on various health concerns. The first campaign, UV Safety, kicked off in July and focused on dispelling the myths of UV rays, comparing sunscreens and tips for protecting skin. It was followed by Breast Cancer Awareness in October.  Other scheduled campaigns include Men’s Health (No Shave November), Heart Health and Stress Awareness.

Health Matters provides and promotes innovative approaches to total worker health by establishing environments that encourage health and safety in both the workplace and beyond.

For more information on Health Matters, contact Michelle Auclair, Member Services Administrator, at 438-6511, ext 523 or


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