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the kind of help that hurts

Last week, I had to take my health insurance's health assessment. Yes, I had to because if I didn't I would get another $15 taken from my paychecks until I did. Despite my relatively high score, I was told I could make immediate improvements on my weight and activity level. I was also offered a chance to sign up for some free coaching programs with the suggested program called Feel Better, Look Better topping the list.

This week, I got my first email from the program. The topic of the week - setting goals. Really? They obviously don't read my blog. So, after being told by the assessment program that I had areas needing improvement, I was prompted to set my own goals. Problem? Yes. If I need to set my own goals, I must recognize a need to do so in the first place. When a program tells me I have to set my goals, I feel it should set them for me. I obviously don't see a problem with my weight or activity level, I feel no need to set a goal. The team that developed the assessment should have programmed in a response dictating what the goals should be. It's not to say that they gave me nothing to go off of at all. The assessment results told me that my healthy weight range was 111-145. We're they insinuating that I drop weight towards the lower end of the scale? If that entire range encompasses a healthy weight, any weight within it should be fine. Any suggestion to improve should probably done with more information than was gathered on the assessment.

There was some good value to the information provided though. For the person who truly needs to make health improvements, setting goals is a good starting point. The information provided on how to set reasonable goals was in line with things other people have said. Most of all, it was in line with common sense. I still stand firm in my stance that there should be more feedback on the assessment for potential goals. If you're going to recommend coaching programs to a customer, you should give some specifics. Knowing what constitutes a health diet and weight lost trends would be beneficial to many people. I find this program lacking and it is only week one. However, I'm somewhat optimistic that this program may be helpful to those who truly have no clue. The rest of us should can roll eyes now.
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