Corporate Wellness Programs

Help your employees live healthy, happy lives!

      • Reduce healthcare costs through a corporate wellness program
      • Increase profits and employee production
      • Reduce absenteeism and workers' compensation claims
      • Provide a workable employee weight loss program
      • Address the negative effect of stress on employee health

Both large and small businesses can benefit from our easy-to-implement services that orientate employees to a health and wellness lifestyle. We come to your office and evaluate the health needs of each employee. We conduct a variety of health screenings and workshops during business and lunch hours. We coach employees through a workable weight loss program and do an on-site ergonomic evaluation to choose a 5 minute stretch program for your company.

Call 702-248-6292 to book Dr. Jon Wise for your Health and Wellness Lecture to see how our Corporate Wellness Programs can help your business!

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOUR BOTTOM LINE?

  • Happier Employees
  • A Substantial Improvement in Productivity
  • Lower Healthcare Costs
  • Greater net income to the company - "Companies that remain uninvolved will be left behind."

As businesses struggle to reverse the trend of rising health care costs, wellness and exercise programs are becoming essential to their economic livelihood. By implementing wellness programs, companies can not only aid in decreasing their insurance and compensation costs, but also reap the reward of healthier employees. Today's organizations believe that their support of positive health habits is an important contribution to the overall culture of their business.

Currently, health care costs are rising at an alarming rate, representing an ever-increasing portion of the gross national product, (GNP). Businesses, both large and small, ultimately pay a significant percentage of the medical costs of corporate America. More than half of these costs are attributed to illnesses that are preventable. Clearly, there's a need for corporations to help their employees establish a healthy lifestyle.

"Healthier employees have a positive impact on a company's bottom line. As this publication demonstrates, they have lower health care costs and turnover rates, improved productivity, better morale, fewer medical claims, reduced absenteeism, etc. The result is a win/win situation for individual health and company gain."
- John McCarthy, Executive Director, IHRSA
In the well-documented Steelcase Corporation study, the company saved over 50% in health care claims - a total of more than $14 million - over a ten-year period.
- Medical Health and Fitness, 1996
For those who took part in the wellness program at the Dallas Police Department, absenteeism decreased by 29%.
- Business Quarterly, winter 1996
At LSG/Sky Chefs, employees logged an average 1,000 injuries per year and 18,000 lost workdays in the late 1980s due primarily to back strain on the job. A 1991 launching of a safe lifting and safety awareness program called "Care" resulted in a decline of lost workdays to just 8,500 in 1993.
- Fortune, October 1993
In the two-year run Healthy Workers Project (HWP), a resulting reduction was reported in the prevalence of sick days by 16% to 22%, respectively, with the use of implemented wellness programs.
- Journal of Occupational Medicine, November 1993

Although not easy to measure as a reduction in healthcare costs, employee productivity can have a considerable impact on an organization and its profitability. Corporate wellness programs tend to improve overall morale, as participating employees feel better both about themselves and their companies. Such programs lead to a more energetic, positive, and productive workplace, thus strengthening a company and helping to position it for success. Healthy employees work better and, in turn, provide gains for the company / organization.

Wellness and health promotion programs should be evaluated on their success in lowering health risks and improving poor health behaviors as well as improving an individual's well being. Employees with high risks (i.e. smoking, obesity, alcohol use, etc. cost more than low-risk employees did in terms of medical claims. Physically active employees at $391 less expensive than inactive workers.
- American Journal of Health Promotion, July 1992

"Healthy companies meet the pressing demand for new products and services by fostering creativity and collaborative work. Healthy companies more capably maintain customer relationships because employees earn and experience communications, intimate support and real empathy with customers. Because people are choosing firms more for the culture they have created than for the pay package they are providing, healthy companies attract and recruit the best and the brightest."
- Julie Meeks, CEO Haelan Group, Business & Health, February 1999

A POSITIVE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT

Because of financial concerns, companies often struggle with the decision to invest in a fitness or wellness program for their employees. No decision -maker would deny "one has to spend money to make money. Once the initial investment is made, the program will immediately start paying for itself - provided that it's properly promoted and maintained - and, eventually, realize concrete savings for the company. Healthy employees make healthy companies, which are likely to bring in healthy profits and that, in itself, is a positive return on investment.

Within two years of beginning a wellness program, the Kearney Orthopedic and Fracture Clinic in Kearney, Nebraska, began to see financial gains through a slowing rate of increase in its insurance rates.
- Nation's Business, February 1997
An analysis of the FitWorks health program in place at Pacific Bell, showed that in various years the program returned from $2.20 to $3 in savings for each dollar spent, resulting in annual savings of over $5 million.
- Business & Health, February 1999
At 1994 random sample of North Colorado Medical Center employees who set goals for being active in their own health care was compared to a similar size group of non-goal setters. Those who participated spent $40 dollars less for every dollar spent on health care claims when compared to the non-goal setters.
- AAOHN Journal, September 1996

The Coors Brewing Company estimated an average return of $6.15 for every dollar invested in its wellness program. Their total health care costs decreased 6.4% in 1993, compared with a national average increase of 8.9%
- Financial executive, March/April 1995
Participants in a corporate fitness program at Steelcase, Inc., had medical claims costs that were 55% lower over a six-year period than those who were non-participants.
- Nation's Business, February 1997
Overall health care costs dropped by approximately 10% over a five-year period for Pitney Bowes starting in 1994, when they first offered their wellness program.
- Human Resource Executive, May 4, 1999


REDUCED EMPLOYEE TURNOVER

Healthy Employees are happy employees. And those who are happy workers almost always turn out to be faithful, long-term employees. So the healthier and happier the work force, the less a company has to spend on hiring and training new personnel. The basis for creating a healthy work force, of course, is a well-conceived and well-promoted corporate wellness program.

At both a British Columbia Hydro Plant and the Toronto Life Assurance Company, lower turnover rates occurred among those employees who participated in their companies' health programs.

- Business Quarterly, winter 1996
"A company's overall health management strategy should include initiatives that help individuals better manage their own healthcare and disease."
Camille Haltom, Practice Leader, Hewitt Associates, Modern Healthcare, October 14, 1996

University of Michigan Health Management Research Center findings validates the relationship between increasing Wellness Scores {using Health Risk Appraisal date} and decreasing medical costs.
- 20-Year Cost Benefit Analysis and Review, UM-HMRC, 1999


REDUCE COSTS AND MEDICAL CLAIMS

The most obvious benefit of a corporate wellness program is that it allows companies to reduce their overall health care costs, in part by reducing the total number of medical claims that they have to field each year. The U.S. Surgeon General reports that 75% of all illnesses can be attributed to lifestyle-related cause, and that 53% of America's population are "inactive." What both businesses and the population-at-large need, of course, is fitness. Thousands of studies confirm that regular dietary education and exercise has a protective effect against a wide variety of illnesses and diseases. It only stands to reason that the more a business can employees avoid illness and disease and manage their own health, the more it can manage its own health care costs each year.


In a recent study at First Chicago NBD, employees with a high body mass index (BMI) were shown to be more likely to have other health risks than those without a high BMI. Mean health care costs for the BMI at-risk population was $6,822 as compared to $4,496 for the not-at-risk population.
- Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, September 1998
Tenneco compared the medical care utilization rates for its exercising employees to its non-exercisers. Participants had lower non-hospital costs and fewer sick hours.
- American Journal of Health Promotion, September/October 1993
Barber Foods, a Maine-based company, has been incorporating exercise breaks into the employee workday for the past three years. To this they attribute a 25% decrease in the number of claims and on-the-job injuries.
- Occupational Health & Safety August 1996
"Although the effects of smoking cessation and changes in dietary habits have been the focus of a number of the larger worksite studies that focused on multiple risk factors, physical activity may serve as an important means of facilitating behavior change in both dietary and smoking behaviors."
- Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, July 1999
We have found that 60% -- well over half of Americans - are not regularly active. Worse yet, 25% of Americans are not active at all. We need to turn (these trends) around quickly, for the health of our citizens and our country. Businesses need to learn from what has worked in the past and promote worksite fitness an easy option for workers."
- Donna Shalala, US Secretary of Health and Human Services, July 1996
In an analysis of work-site fitness programs of several companies, a cost/benefit ration of $1.07 to $5.58 was achieved.
- Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, March 1992
Comparing retention rates before and after the opening of Tenneco's fitness center, there was lower turnover among exercisers, particularly in the case of women.
- American Journal of Health Promotion, Sept. /Oct. 1993
The results of a University of Kentucky Wellness Program focused on the health care costs associated with regular physical activity. One result of the study revealed that employees involved in the program who were classified as non-exercisers tended to have higher {health care} costs than did exercisers ($266 vs. $207)
- American Journal of Health Behavior, 1999


Companies all over the country are implementing similar programs and are enjoying savings of tens of thousands of dollars annually in workers compensation and healthcare costs. At the same time they are also realizing higher profits due to greater productivity and lower employee turnover than ever before.

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