Improving Health Becomes a Walk in the Park

Case Study | May 2018

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Improving Health Becomes a Walk in the Park

In one year, with the help of Cigna, Schaumburg Park District transformed its annual health fair into a year-long employee health improvement strategy designed to boost workplace productivity and employee health.

The Challenge

Grow a once-a-year health fair to an all-year wellness program.

  • Create a customized plan, easy administration and simple communication
  • Overcome barriers to language, predawn shifts, 110 full-time employees constantly moving
  • Lower use of diabetic, heart and blood vessel, and blood pressure medications

How We Did It

Key to this successful strategy was the collaborative relationship between the district’s Human Resources manager and their Health Improvement Strategist from Cigna. Health Improvement Strategists are wellness experts assigned to Cigna clients with one goal – to help them create and maintain a plan that supports healthy behaviors, and gets employees to take the right actions to reduce their health risks, stay healthy and avoid future disease.

Company Facts*

  • 245 total customers (employees and family members)
  • 641-acre regional park district, 12 locations
  • Office and field workers, full-time and seasonal
  • Non-English speaking customers
  • Significant usage of diabetic, heart and blood vessel, and blood pressure medications


  • Annual health fair/health screening
  • Completion of employee wellness interest survey
  • Walking challenge and formation of a walking club
  • Cigna onsite wellness seminars
  • Yearlong points-based system for participation in all events
  • Continue to grow 2014 program by adding multiple wellness challenges and seminars, promotion and educational opportunities


An 8x increase in wellness events helped the district secure a flat health plan renewal with a 0% medical cost trend and savings** under their self-funded health plan, all while maintaining their comprehensive health benefits.

2x increase

in condition management


$55 savings

per employee in lab costs


Reduced population risk

for cholesterol and diabetes


More preventive care

used year-over-year


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*Schaumburg Park District, Cigna reporting for plan year the June 2014 – May 2015.

**Based on the group’s experience, for plan year 2014 we were able to keep their administration fees, Individual and Aggregate stop loss premium rates, and Aggregate attachment factors the same as the previous year.

Stop-loss insurance and group health plans are insured and/or administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company. Plans contain exclusions and limitations and may not be available in all areas. For costs and details of coverage, contact a Cigna representative.