Corporate Wellness Programs
It's becoming increasingly common for employers to introduce health improvement initiatives to lessen the impact of rising healthcare costs.
What evidence is there that Corporate Wellness programs more commonly referred to as Employer Wellness Programs will be effective?
Unhealthy behaviors, such as a poor diet, lack of physical activity, and tobacco use are risk factors for many chronic conditions and diseases. A high calorie diet and sedentary lifestyle commonly result in excessive weight gain. Overweight and obesity are risk factors for a large number of chronic diseases, most significantly, type 2 diabetes, congestive heart failure, stroke, and hypertension. Encouraging your employees to adopt healthy habits and lifestyle changes will reduce the burden of chronic disease on your healthcare cost.
Employees who understand their health status, take meaningful steps to improve their health, and follow physician guidelines are more likely to use health care in a more efficient way. That's the foundation for Corporate Wellness and strategy to keep health care affordable for both employees and your company in the future.
A recent Harvard University study of existing worksite wellness programs found that for each dollar spent on wellness, employers could expect to see medical care costs fall by $3.27. In addition, the study found that employee absenteeism costs would fall by $2.73 for each dollar spent on wellness programs. These are significant cost savings which you cannot overlook in your evaluation of wellness programs for your company.