Your Bottom Line Is At Stake During 2000–2004, cigarette smoking was estimated to be responsible for $193 billion ($96 billion in direct medical cost and $96.8 billion in lost productivity) in annual health-related economic losses in the United States Sedentary employees incur $250 more in annual health care costs than moderately active (1-2 times/wk) and very active (3 + times/wk) employees Obese employees (BMI > 35) have 4.2% higher health-related productivity loss, equal to $506 per employee per year. Medical costs paid for obese individuals $1,429 higher annually than for normal weight.
Policies Tobacco-Free Workplace E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers Nicotine or Tobacco-Free Hiring Healthy Meetings Vending and Beverage Machine Standards Nutrition Standards for Cafeterias and On-Site Food Vendors Breastfeeding Time and Space Flexible Schedules/Work Release Time
Environmental Changes Food Environment Healthy Vending, Lunch, Snack Options Gardens Non-Food Rewards and Recognition Opportunities For Physical Activity Stairwell Lighting and Signage Bike Racks Shower and Locker Facilities Walking Paths, Maps Workout Equipment Stability Balls, Standing Work Stations Walking Meetings Tobacco-Free Workplace
Programs Wellness Coordinator or Committee Group Activities and Competitions Weight Loss or Walking Challenges On Site Exercise Classes Company Teams in Health Events Walking Club Education Educational Campaigns Newsletters, Weekly/Monthly Emails Event Bulletin Board with Healthy Tips Brown Bag Lunches Screenings Health Coaching Tobacco Cessation Classes Chronic Disease Self-Management Classes
SMALL GROUP ACTIVITY As a group, list the top three challenges to your current worksite wellness program, or the top three barriers to adopting a worksite wellness program if your organization does not already have one.
Money Demonstrating the Return on Investment Health Care Costs Absenteeism Although some comprehensive worksite wellness program have yielded as much as a $3 to $6 return on each $1 invested, it usually takes three to five years to realize these savings. An analysis of 22 large-employer studies showed significant positive impacts on healthcare costs and absenteeism: Employee healthcare costs were reduced $3.27 for every $1 spent on comprehensive worksite health programs. Absenteeism costs dropped by $2.73 for every $1 spent
Money Demonstrating the Return on Investment Presenteeism Quality Innovation Commitment Morale Recruitment Reduced Turnover Public Image
Time Insurance Provider Wellness Consultants University Students and Interns Wellness Committee or Coordinator Online Resources Your friendly neighborhood health department staff!
Power- Leadership Participate and Engage- Walk Your Talk Communicate Support Allocate Resources