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BATON ROUGE - A new year is just around the corner, which means people are beginning to work on their resolutions to get healthy. While they are likely highly motivated at the beginning of the year, that fire can be quickly fade.

One way to stay fired up is to get the people you're around most on the same track.

News Two's Rebecca Buchanan visited Blue Cross Blue Shield to take a look at their Corporate Wellness Program. The employees we spoke to sayhaving that support system around you can change your life.

SB Wellness has been building corporate wellness plans for companies like Blue Cross for nearly two decades. Owner Shelly Beall says wellness starts with each individual and finding what works best for them and their health needs.

"Companies are spending so much more on health care and sick days, so why not spend more on things that will make employees happier, healthier, more productive and change their health status," she opines.

They always begin with health screenings, followed by workout and nutritional goals to find the healthiest past for that individual. They found that method is most beneficial to both employee and employer.

"Our management wants us to do that because they know if they have healthier employees, they'll be more productive in their work environment," explains Vivian Wilkenson of BCBS. "I just that everybody is happier being able to workout."

Wilkinson went on to say that without the programs in place, she and her co-workers wouldn't be aware of the health risks they face, or what they need to do to avoid becoming a statistic.

Wellness programs cost between $50 and $150 per year. You can get started by taking 15 minutes to walk or establishing goals with co-workers to keep you on the right track in 2015.



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