Meet Tess Zasuwa, Certified Health Coach, Licensed Life, Health and Accident Agent and DHS Group’s new Wellbeing Champion. In this new role, Tess works with clients on their wellbeing programming, gives tips on best practices and talks with customers about how best they can meet their daily health and wellness goals. 

We caught up with Tess to chat about the value of wellbeing at work – including the value in working with a Certified Health Coach and how proper wellbeing can reflect to other areas of your life.

Tess, what do you think makes a wellbeing/wellness program successful?  

There are many things that comprise a successful wellness program, but a few of the most important are; executive level buy-in, demographic specific programming and employees being provided the right tools and resources to help support them in making the appropriate lifestyle changes.

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Why do you think it’s important for companies to pay attention/take a stake in the health and wellbeing of their employees?

It is crucial for companies to take a stake in the health and wellbeing of their employees because those decisions directly impact the health of their business. When employees feel supported by their employer it can increase productivity, decrease absenteeism and improve employee recruitment and retention – elevating the overall quality of life at work and at home.

What are the benefits that comes from working with someone who is a Certified Health Coach?  

When you have the opportunity to build a relationship and work with a Health Coach, someone who is specifically trained in fitness, nutrition and counseling, they become an asset in developing personal plans for each client and advocating for accountability in reaching goals. Health Coaches are able to analyze data and evidence-based research to learn what your body needs to feel healthy and in control. A Coach understands the barriers participants face and helps them find reasonable solutions to help overcome them.

What are your Top 3 “Quick Tips” for people who are just starting on their wellbeing journey?

I’d recommend the following three steps for getting started:

  1. Figure out what is most important to your idea of a healthy lifestyle; for example, “I want to exercise at least three times a week and decrease my salt intake.”
  2. Create a SMART (Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant. Time bound.) goal to challenge yourself; for example, “I will accomplish this by drinking water instead of soda every day this week,” or “I will walk for 30 minutes, five days this week.”
  3. Hold yourself accountable; for example, decide to use an activity tracker (like Movband) to record your fitness goals.

What sets DHS Group apart?

DHS Group’s combination of team and product sets them apart! DHS Group has built a wellbeing platform that any company can customize to their employee population that allows them to focus on what is most important to them and the people behind the product are truly passionate and dedicated to serving each customer.


Keep an eye out for more from Tess – including guest blogs covering relevant wellbeing topics and monthly newsletters to HealthSpective Engage customers that include helpful tips and tricks to staying healthy and well. You can learn more about how DHS Group’s wellbeing platform, HealthSpective, here.

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