The Redesigning Wellness Podcast

150: Making Biometric Screenings More Human with Ann Sabbag, CEO of Health Designs

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Biometrics screenings are pervasive throughout the wellness industry, often as a foundational part of an employer’s full wellness program. Recently, there have been some (including myself) advocating for less screening and more resources allocated to other areas of wellbeing. But are screenings getting a bad rap? Podcast guest, Ann Sabbag, thinks so.

Ann founded Health Designs in 1995. The Health Designs team partners with diverse employers nationwide to create wellness programs that enhance employee health, improve productivity and build a culture of well-being. In 2018, the company served more than 85,000 employees at 250 companies nationwide.

In this interview, Ann reflects on how the wellness industry has changed over her 24 years of being in business. We take a deep dive into one of their core services – biometric screenings. Ann explains how they approach screenings differently than other companies by incorporating intrinsic coaching, with the goal of making screenings more human.

We talk openly about the friction between those who advocate to get rid of screenings and her belief in them. Ann describes her efforts to build a company where people bring their best selves to work and she leaves us with a tangible tip.

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Interview highlights (with timestamps):
  • [7:55] How Ann has seen the wellness industry change over 24 years.
  • [16:03] The Health Designs approach to biometric screenings.
  • [22:20] How Ann’s team delivers feedback to employers.
  • [27:00] A powerful story about an employee going through their screenings.
  • [33:58] Ann’s reaction to the negative press on screenings.
  • [39:51] The intentional practices Ann put in to achieve a “Best Place to Work”.
  • [48:10] Ann’s tangible tip
Mentioned in this episode:

Redesigning Wellness Facebook Community

https://www.healthdesigns.net/

Email: ann@healthdesigns.net

904-285-2019 (office number)

Full Bio:

When Ann founded Health Designs in 1995, starting a business devoted to promoting employee health and well-being was an expedition into uncharted territory. Fortunately, it was also a chance to create something unique and meaningful from Ann’s experience as a health educator and coach.  Eventually, the wellness strategies born at Ann’s dining room table became the gold standard for a now-thriving industry.

Today, the Health Designs team partners with diverse employers nationwide to create wellness programs that enhance employee health, improve productivity and build a culture of well-being.

In 2018, the company served more than 85,000 employees at 250 companies nationwide.

Ann’s achievements in the wellness industry have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration, which named her “Florida Small Business Leader of the Year” in 2012.  She was also honored as one of Northeast Florida’s “Ultimate CEO’s” by the Jacksonville Business Journal and for five consecutive years she has been named one of the Top 50 Women-Led Businesses in Florida by the Commonwealth Institute.  Just this month her company was named one the Best Places to Work in Florida by Florida Trends.

Ann is a certified Intrinsic Coach, has a bachelor’s degree in Health Education from FSU and a master’s degree in Health Administration from UNF.  She is an active volunteer and board member with several nonprofit organizations throughout our community.

Links to her Social Media:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/health-designs/?viewAsMember=true

https://www.instagram.com/healthdesigns_be_well/

https://www.facebook.com/myHealthDesigns/

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