Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 6, 2011

Wellness Programs, are they worth it?

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care, Workplace Wellness — doctordilday @ 11:41 pm

Safety First!

Well… you decide.

“Research suggests that for every dollar spent on employee wellness, employers see an average return of $3.48 in reduced healthcare costs and $5.82 in lowered absenteeism. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physically active individuals incur $865 less each year in healthcare costs than inactive people.” That’s a quote from an article on Workplace Wellness that I wrote for Biznik.

Now, I want to highlight a great newsletter article from InjuryFree. They offer the Rolls Royce of Injury Prevention and Employee Maintenance programs and have a thing or two to say about Wellness Programs. Here is an excerpt from the article which, I think, makes a compelling argument that companies can not not afford to invest in Wellness Programs:

“The economic cost of employee health (or lack of) is staggering. Each employee costs an organization about $35,000 per year in health related expenses. This not only includes the $13,000 of direct costs for things such as health care plan coverage, but also a more substantial $21,000 in indirect costs such as lost productivity and absenteeism. The good news is that 50-87% of health care costs are considered to be related to behavior and lifestyle choices. Consider the top five chronic diseases – heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and diabetes – are responsible for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the United States. The cost of caring for individuals with chronic diseases accounts for approximately 75 percent of the more than $2 trillion Americans spend on health care each year. It becomes clear that wellness is not just a great idea, but a fiscal responsibility!”

Was that work or the Wellness Program?

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2 Comments »

  1. I am not sure how a business implements this, but if there is a way for businesses to encourage a healthy lifestyle and exercise it would benefit everyone.

    Comment by phoenix chiropractor — July 22, 2011 @ 12:05 am

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