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New Health and Wellness Services Can Offer Texas Small Businesses a Competitive Advantage

Some of the biggest barriers small-business owners face are costs, time, and the inability to attract and retain talented employees.  

A recent Small Business Optimism Index showed that 21 percent of small-business owners cited “the difficulty of finding qualified workers” as their single most important business challenge.

One way small businesses may improve their workplace and make it more appealing to employees is to support employee health and wellness. Doing so may not only lead to a healthier, productive and more engaged workforce, but also may help attract and retain talented employees.

Comprehensive wellness programs that not long ago were available only to large employers are now accessible for small-business owners.

For example, some offerings include wellness coaching, biometric screenings, smoking-cessation programs, and even complimentary fitness trackers. Also, programs may include incentives that enable employees and spouses to earn reductions to their premium contributions, or receive merchant gift cards or gym reimbursements. And these programs are often administered by the health plan, so there is no additional time taken away from a small-business owner’s busy day.

Other health and wellness services may also be available through UnitedHealthcare, including Real Appeal, an online weight-loss program, and Motion®, a national digital wellness program that provides people with financial incentives for meeting daily walking goals.

For more information about small business health plans in Texas, visit