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Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs

With health care costs continuing to rise at alarming rates, it is more important than ever before to keep your employees healthy. Corporate wellness programs can help you do just that.  There are many benefits of corporate wellness programs including that: employees tend to be more productive, have lower health care costs, lower rates of absenteeism and presenteeism, and have fewer workers’ compensation claims.  Because of the many benefits of corporate wellness programs most companies view wellness programs as an investment in their most valuable asset, their employees.

US Statisitics

  • Preventable illness makes up at least 70 percent of all illness and the associated costs
    The total cost of obesity to U.S. employers is $13 billion per year
  • Obese Americans spend about 36 percent more on health services and 77 percent more on medications than people of healthy weight.  That’s more than heavy smokers or heavy drinkers
  • Workplace alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use costs over $100 billion each year
  • Job stress is estimated to cost $200 to $300 billion annually in absenteeism, tardiness, and lost productivity
  • Workers’ compensation costs for a smoker averages $2,189 compared to only $176 for a nonsmoker

Why the Workplace?
Poor health impacts the most precious resource of your organization – the effectiveness and performance of your human capital. Unmanaged health issues, such as diabetes, migraine headaches, or asthma attacks, can damage productivity significantly when they are viewed cumulatively across an employee population.
The workplace is an ideal setting to address these health issues and promote healthier lifestyles. At the workplace, individuals can obtain health-related information, take part in health screenings and preventive services, and gain the social support often needed for health behavior change.

In addition to helping employees sustain healthier habits, corporate wellness programs also reduce stress, increase employee job satisfaction, increase employee morale, and aid in employee recruitment and retention.

Return-on-Investment
Best of all, the return-on-investment (ROI) for corporate wellness programs have been well documented over the past two decades. Year-round comprehensive corporate wellness programs have shown savings-to-cost ratios of over $3 saved for each $1 invested. Documented savings are observed in medical costs, absenteeism, worker’s compensation costs, short-term disability, and increased productivity and presenteeism (how productive the employee is during time on the job).

Corporate Wellness Programs not only uses targeted interventions to reduce health costs, but it is also a strategy to create a dynamic work environment. Health promotion programs create an organizational culture that fosters vitality, motivation, and synergy. Corporate Wellness Programs are a worthwhile long-term strategy to improving the health and well-being of your employees.

Reducing the Burden of Obesity
Sixty percent of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, a 74% increase in prevalence since 1991. Being overweight or obese makes people much more likely to develop a variety of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. “Nearly two out of three people are overweight, and one out of three is obese. The prevalence of obese children is on the rise, currently 15 percent of children are considered overweight or obese. The rate in which this epidemic is growing is stunning.” says Surgeon General Richard Carmona1.

Less than 15% of Americans  eat the daily recommended number of fruits and vegetables, and less than 25% get the recommended amounts of exercise. The consequences of those choices cost taxpayers money, hurt business productivity and diminish quality of life for millions Americas. Inactive lifestyles and poor eating habits are much of the reason our national cost of health care now exceeds two trillion dollars. These medical costs directly affect you as an employer and a taxpayer.

At SHN, we offer corporate wellness programs aimed at reducing the burden of obesity. These include such things as printed materials, display boards, wellness workshops, and comprehensive programs to help you continue the fight against obesity. SHN can also coordinate employee health screenings and body fat analysis.

Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs: Flu Shots
Research suggests that workers who receive the flu shot as one of the benefits of corporate wellness programs have lower absenteeism rates and lower medical costs associated with flu-like illness.6  The SHN Wellness Program team can help you coordinate a flu shot clinic at your site. Flu shots are generally offered at the worksite from November through January. Contact SHN now to inquire about these services

Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs:
Employee Health Screenings

Blood Glucose
Blood Pressure
Body Fat Analysis
Body Mass Index (BMI)
Bone Density
Cholesterol (Total, LDL, HDL and ratio)
Flu Shot
Mammography
Waist/Hip ratio

Printed Educational Materials
Blood Pressure
Cancer Risk Reduction
Children’s Health
Diabetes
Healthy Eating
Immunizations
Men’s Health
Physical Activity
Preventing Heart Disease
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management
Wellness by the Month
Women’s Health

 

Employee Educational Displays
Asthma
Blood Pressure
Breast Health
Childhood Immunizations
Diabetes
Healthy Eating
Patient Safety
Physical Activity
Smoking Cessation
Walking
Wise Health Care Consumerism
Wellness Seminars /
Lunchtime Learning Seminars

Asthma & Allergy Management
Back Care
Cancer Risk Reduction
Depression Management
Diabetes Management
Healthy Eating
High Blood Pressure Management
Men’s Health
Pharmacy Facts
Physical Activity: (general information, walking, or weight training)
Preventing Heart Disease
Smoking Cessation
Stress Management
Wise Health Care Consumerism
Women’s Health

Wellness Walking Programs
Wellness Walking Programs are self-paced walking programs designed to increase physical activity and reduce the risk of disease.

Physical activity is at an all-time low in the United States. Most people don’t get the amount of exercise they need for good health and almost 75% of Americans fail to get the recommended amount of daily physical activity. Increasing physical activity by just a little can have a big impact on health. And walking is a great, easy activity that almost everyone can do. Everyone knows regular exercise greatly improves health, but getting started is not easy. The Wellness Walking Program is a program that motivates people to make that most important change... to get started with physical activity. It’s simple, inexpensive, and safe.
Walking is a fun, low cost activity that has been proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and some cancers. Participants walk to accumulate miles, steps or minutes. Each participant keeps a personal record of their activity.

References

Cost Benefit Analysis and Report 1979-2001, Univ. of Michigan Health Management Research Center
Rand Corporation, 2004
Six Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Sense, Welcoa, 2002
Six Reasons Why Health Promotion Makes Sense, Welcoa, 2002
July 2001, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Cost Benefit Analysis and Report 1979-2001, Univ. of Michigan Health Management Research Ctr.
Cost Benefit Analysis and Report 1979-2001, Univ. of Michigan Health Management Research Ctr.

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