By Fred Keeton, Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer, Caesars Entertainment

Comprised of nearly 70,000 employees with different backgrounds and individual health needs across the world, Caesars Entertainment is striving to arm employees with the tools to retain and improve good health. Each eligible participating employee and spouse or domestic partner undergoes a biometric screening, an annual physical, and a consultation with an on-site nurse or coach who recommends behavioral changes that can lead to improved health.

The on-site wellnurse or coach also helps participants stay on track with their health improvement programs. Individuals deemed at high risk for disease based on chronic symptoms are assigned a personalized plan. When you learn you have a condition, you are more likely to take care of it if you have someone to help you along the way.

According to the American Diabetes Association, “compared to the general population, African Americans and Latinos are disproportionately affected by diabetes.” By regularly partnering with employees to monitor for diseases that are prevalent in minorities such as diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, Caesars is better educating colleagues about healthy eating, predisposed conditions, symptoms, and disease management. In turn, these efforts help to reduce the health disparities affecting minorities in our operating communities and among employees and their families.

Caesars is currently expanding its program to provide additional materials that will help employees make informed decisions about their health; offer coordinated care among doctors, specialists, and hospitals; help employees become better-educated healthcare consumers; and provide ‘bonus rewards’ to employees who meet their health goals.

When employees adjust their behaviors to live healthier lives, they experience a better quality of living. We know if we have happy and healthy employees, they’ll have enriched careers and take good care of our guests.

Caesars Entertainment also supports its communities by contributing to organizations such as Community Partners for Better Health, a minority health organization focused on health awareness programs, and Positively Kids, which provides healthcare services for medically fragile, medically dependent, and/or developmentally delayed children age birth to eighteen years and their families. Collectively these program impact more than 10,000 people a year in Southern Nevada.