Principal to Open East Coast Hub for Wellness Program

December 27, 2006 ( - The Principal Financial Group is opening a new office in Pennsylvania that will serve as the hub for its wellness operation on the east coast.

The Reading, Pennsylvania-based center will focus on onsite health and wellness screenings, which include consultations, high-risk interventions and tailored wellness programs for employers located in the region. The new office will also house both sales and service functions.

As part of the wellness program, employers and their employees participate in screenings that include blood pressure checks, blood sugar readings, Body Mass Index testing and cholesterol checks. Each participant receives a Health Risk Analysis Report that provides specific feedback and recommendation.  Following the screenings, the program continues to provide ongoing consultation, education and intervention for those at risk for a more serious condition, a news release said.

“Wellness activities like onsite health screenings empower employees to improve personal health while motivating them to make healthy lifestyle changes,” said Audrey Vaughn, second vice president of wellness and medical management at Principal Financial Group, in the news release.

Principal formed the Principal Wellness Company in October 2005 to address rising health care costs by focusing on prevention by working with employers to devise wellness plans (SeePrincipal Wellness Company Introduced ).

For more information, contact the new office at (610) 916-1400.