Laura Rideau

Caesars WellCoach

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"Harrah’s employees have come to trust and respect me as their WellCoach, and see the importance of the Wellness Rewards program. "

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Through individual coaching and engaging activities, Laura helps our team members achieve their health goals.

During my 2+ years as a Caesars WellCoach, I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of Caesars employees and spouses at Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel. Between onsite campaigns, individual coaching, engagement activities, and informal health education encounters, I’ve been able to see firsthand the impact of Wellness Rewards on their lives. Some victories are as small as trying a new fruit or vegetable, or taking stairs instead of the elevator, or even just getting a PCP they can rely on; but I’ve seen many other big successes including losing 60 lbs, or running their first 10k. The biggest thing is that with help, these people are ready to make a change for the better.

Harrah’s employees have come to trust and respect me as their WellCoach, and see the importance of the Wellness Rewards program. On three occasions in particular, I’ve seen people go from “crisis mode” with dangerously high blood glucose levels at a screening (1 with Quest, 2 in office), to finally establishing a relationship with a healthcare provider, and taking control of their health. All three have said they would have never known they had issues until it was too late if it wasn’t for our program.

Now all follow up routinely with their doctors, and are actively working to improve their lifestyle habits. Another employee said he had had a “wakeup call” with his biometric screening, and started checking in with me regularly and participated in an onsite campaign. We had him start walking just 5 minutes at a time, and now he routinely gets 10k-20k steps each day and has lost over 20lbs. He has even motivated his entire department at the casino, as they now compete in weekly FitBit step challenges and motivate each other. These are just a few of the many victories I am lucky enough to see on a daily basis. A smile, sincere conversations, and an open door with the WR program have impacted countless lives. I love that I have found a “dream job” and get to make a difference each and every day.

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