Corporations benefit by decreasing healthcare costs
Employers who invest in worksite health promotion programs can see a return of $3-$6 for every dollar invested over a 2-5 year period.
Documented savings are observed in
- Medical costs
- Worker’s comp claims
- Short-term disability
*Source: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, December 2005
Employees are healthier and more productive
There are over 600 articles that analyze the research and anecdotal evidence of the cost-effectiveness of worksite wellness programs. In a review of 42 of these articles, there has been shown to be a:
- 28% reduction in sick leave absenteeism
- 26% reduction in use of the health care benefit
- 30% reduced worker’s comp claims and disability management
*Source: Larry Chapman, “Meta-evaluation of Worksite Health Promotion Economic Return Studies”, The American Journal of Health Promotion, 2003
A recent study showed that corporate fitness center participants had 1.3 fewer short-term disability claims per year per employee than non- participants and had fewer health risks. *Source: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, April 2006
On average, health care claim costs for IBM employees who exercise 1 – 2 times per week are $350 per year less than those who don’t exercise at all.
*Source: Joyce Young, IBM’s Well-Being Director in BenefitNews.com 03/2006
More Compelling Reasons to Invest in Worksite Wellness
The leading causes of illness are largely preventable. Most chronic illnesses can be avoided with exercise, proper nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices.
Approximately one third of the American workforce spends its day seated at a computer or desk. Sedentary lifestyles are a known health risk.
A current poll finds that among the 45-54 age group, 81 percent of employed men report work as a significant source of stress, compared with just 68 percent of employed women.