New workplace well-being program, StayWell Together, extends group health coaching to families

YARDLEY, PA (July 27, 2017) The StayWell Company, a leading health solutions organization that develops employee well-being programs, is bringing healthy habits home with StayWell Together, a new group health coaching solution. StayWell Together connects families with similar well-being needs in a group health coaching program that teaches behavior change around topics like nutrition and fitness.

The six-week StayWell Together program connects participants in groups of seven families whose children are close in age. Because family needs change as children grow, StayWell Together’s coaching groups focus on parents with newborns and pre-kindergarten children, and parents whose children are in kindergarten through 6th grade, middle school, and high school, with topics targeted to each age group. Topics that are addressed include:

  • Obesity,
  • Mental health and anxiety,
  • Poor nutrition,
  • Lack of physical activity,
  • Screen time,
  • Diabetes,
  • Age-appropriate budgeting and financial wellness, and
  • Establishing emotional balance.

The program also includes a weekly fitness challenge for the whole family that tackles physical well-being.

Parents often put the health needs of their children before their own, and as a result, their overall well-being can suffer. StayWell Together addresses this issue by involving the entire family in fun activities and challenges that target key health improvement opportunities. It’s a win-win for the entire family. For employers, the program has the added benefit of creating support outside the work environment for behavior change that can help improve workplace productivity and contribute to a healthy bottom line.

Group health coaching is gaining popularity among employers nationwide who are interested in offering an innovative new form of behavior modification. Likewise, StayWell is seeing strong interest in the new StayWell Together program among its existing client base.

Group coaching uses technology such as webinars, video conferencing, and e-learning modules to engage employees in multiple locations around common behavior change goals, such as weight management, physical activity, stress, or nutrition. Not only does this model draw people together to create a support network, but it allows employers to use coaching resources more efficiently.

Research shows that peer support has a significant influence on the likelihood a person will adopt and adhere to healthy habits. For employers who invest significant resources into building a healthy workplace culture, extending behavior change opportunities like group health coaching to the family setting can make good health a 24/7 proposition for employees. It delivers more bang for their buck and helps support long-term success.

Each StayWell Together learning session is guided by a dedicated health coach and includes video and worksheet materials. StayWell Together calculates an engagement score for individuals and groups and offers an online discussion board, weekly video conferencing sessions, and secure, one-on-one messaging with health coaches. Each session allows time for independent discussion of family-specific issues.

To learn more about StayWell Together, visit

About StayWell
StayWell is a health solutions company that uses the science of behavior change to help people live happier, healthier lives. StayWell brings decades of experience working across the health care industry to design solutions for improving individual and organizational health outcomes, managing the health of targeted populations, and creating brand engagement for employers and health care organizations. StayWell programs have received numerous top industry honors, including the C. Everett Koop National Health Award and the Web Health Award for health engagement programs. StayWell also has received URAC and NCQA accreditation for several of its programs. StayWell is majority-owned by Healthcare Services & Solutions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA (“Merck”). The company is headquartered in Yardley, PA, and also has a major location in St. Paul, MN. To learn more, visit or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About Merck
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world - including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer's disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn.

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