010: Wellness Warrior or Villain? Al Lewis Weighs in on the Wellness Industry

Al Lewis wears multiple hats, as an author, consultant and founder of Quizzify. His books include Why Nobody Believes the Numbers, Cracking Health Costs: How to Cut Your Company’s Health Costs and Provide Employees Better Care and Surviving Workplace Wellness.

As a validator of population health outcomes, he is the primary consultant to the Intel-GE Validation Institute.

As an executive, he is the founder of Quizzify, whose mission is to help companies teach their employees to utilize healthcare services appropriately, using a format best described as Jeopardy®-meets-health benefit education-meets-Comedy Central.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Al got into the disease management and wellness fields.
  • What caused him to get blacklisted from industry conferences.
  • Why it’s cool to like Al Lewis again.
  • What’s wrong and right with the wellness industry.

Al also names companies and vendors that are “doing” wellness right and how Al and WELCOA mended fences due to Ryan Picarella’s leadership.

We talk Quizzify and why Al wants employees to cheat when using Quizzify.

Finally, we end on the future of worksite wellness and Al gives his tangible tips for employers starting a wellness program.

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