INDUSTRY STATISTICS – RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT
A University of Michigan study found that companies can save up to $5 in direct and indirect costs for every $1 invested in disease prevention. Improved Employee health also reduces absenteeism and increases worker productivity.
Steve Hart, “FIT AND TRIM: HEALTHY STRIDES: COMPANIES FIND BENEFITS IN PAIRING EMPLOYEES WITH HEALTH COACHES TO REDUCE ILLNESS AND STRESS, CUT MEDICAL COSTS.” Press Democrat [Santa Rosa, CA], February 10, 2008 (Factiva)
 
Last year Sabre, saw its health-care costs increase only 1% (the nationwide average was 9%). Its secret? A companywide health-and-wellness program, in which more than 80% of its U.S. employees participate. The wellness program started in 2004 and includes fitness, nutrition, stress relief, and weight loss challenges all of which have created noticeable shift in attitude among workers.
Adam Rombel, “Wellness programs play bigger role in benefits plans.” Business Journal [Syracuse, NY], November 16, 2007 (Factiva)
 
“After all, insurance premiums and absenteeism by sick workers set businesses back $15 billion a year. And yet 70% of health-care costs stem from preventable chronic diseases. Take diabetes, which costs nearly $92 billion a year: 91% of cases could be avoided by better eating. Smoking- related illnesses rack up an additional $75 billion a year.”
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as quoted in Lisatakeuchi Cullen, “The Company Doctor.” Time Canada; 6/25/2007, Vol. 169 Issue 26, p42-42, 1p, Business Source Premier
 
As health insurance premiums soar, more corporations are turning to employee wellness programs. Health coverage is the fastest-growing cost for employers, with insurance premiums rising 87% almost 5 times the rate of inflation since 2000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Steve Hart, “FIT AND TRIM: HEALTHY STRIDES: COMPANIES FIND BENEFITS IN PAIRING EMPLOYEES WITH HEALTH COACHES TO REDUCE ILLNESS AND STRESS, CUT MEDICAL COSTS.” Press Democrat [Santa Rosa, CA], February 10, 2008 (Factiva)
 
“At General Mills Inc. comprehensive wellness programs dating back to 20 years have resulted in medical claims that “track below national trends and other major employers” and show “dramatic” reductions in heart disease. Results “are hard to attribute to a single program- it is all about the overall culture of wellness, starting with our CEO. We found out what really matters is senior leadership modeling.”
Timothy Crimmins, vp-health, safety, and the environment, Golden Valley, Minn., as quoted in Louise Kertesz, “Corporate wellness programs help shape a better bottom line.” Business Insurance; 4/9/2007, Vol. 41 Issue 15, p15-16, 2p, Business Source Premier
 
More employers are turning to wellness programs to help slow down the rising tide of health-insurance premium costs, which are expected to increase to double digits again in 2008. Adopting a wellness program was the most highly used method to control rising health-care costs by New York employers (61.7% did it) in 2007, according to the Compensation Data 2007 New York annual survey of 211 employers Kansas City, Kan. based compensation and benefits survey-data provider Compdata Surveys conducted the survey.
Adam Rombel, “Wellness programs play bigger role in benefits plans.” Business Journal [Syracuse, NY], November 16, 2007 (Factiva)
 
“Providing health and wellness opportunities for our employees was an easy decision for our leadership team to make. We believe that helping our employees maintain a healthy work/life balance better equips them for their roles at Yum. Our employees think so too, as we have received very positive feedback. Bringing awareness around healthy living and allowing employees the opportunity to take ownership of their health through screenings, exercise, diet, and nutrition has generally improved the overall quality of their lives and well-being.”
Rusty Hagemann, senior director of corporate services for Yum Brands, as quoted in “Elissa Elan, “Sick of high health care costs, businesses offer wellness programs.” NATION’S RESTAURANT NEWS, December 11, 2006, 39.
 
“Companies that have adopted corporate wellness programs are seeing increased productivity levels among their employees and are profiting from them as a result. We are going to see more and more corporations looking for robust programs investing more in health and productivity management.”
Leslee McGovern, senior director of brand management, Sodexho USA, as quoted in Elissa Elan, “Sick of high health care costs, businesses offer wellness programs.” NATIONS RESTAURANT NEWS, December 11, 2006, 6.
 
Study after study shows workplace fitness helps decrease absenteeism, increases productivity, reduces turnover, and ultimately produces a healthier workforce that requires significantly lower medical costs.
Cora Daniels, “The Fittest Companies in America.” Men’s Fitness; Feb 2008, Vol. 23 Issue 11, p92-97, 6p, 2c, MasterFILE Premier
 
"Helping our employees get fit and healthy is a competitive advantage. It reduces our absenteeism rate as well as our absenteeism—our employees are more engaged when they are at work because their bodies feel good.”
Martha Delehanty, vp of human resources, Verizon, as quoted in Cora Daniels, “The Fittest Companies in America.” Men’s Fitness; Feb 2008, Vol. 23 Issue 11, p92-97, 6p, 2c, MasterFILE Premier