As healthcare costs continue to rise, it makes sense that addressing the specific needs of an employee population and maximizing participation in workplace wellness programs are critical. The most effective wellness initiatives consist of a seamless program of health screenings, immunizations, health risk assessments, lifestyle coaching, and disease management. Employee health impacts more than just medical costs. A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Between 70 and 90 percent of healthcare spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks such as those listed above. Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity alone. What all of this means is that promoting healthier behaviors can really pay off – the reason why workplace wellness is such a hot topic right now.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
59% of employees do not get adequate exercise. 50% or more have high cholesterol. 27% have cardiovascular disease. 26% are overweight by 20 percent or more. 24% have high blood pressure.