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1 Office of Preventive Health Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA Director

2 The Office of Preventive Health Mission Statement To improve the lives of Mississippians by promoting healthy lifestyles; preventing and controlling disease and injury; and protecting health through policy, systems, and environmental change.

3 Why Wellness Now? 45 % of Americans suffer from a chronic disease (National Association of Chronic Disease Directors). 26.8 million adults have been diagnosed with heart disease. 72 million adults are considered obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2013). 29 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes (American Diabetes Association, 2013). 33% of adults 18 years of age and over engage in no physical activity outside of work.

4 Healthcare Costs $147 billion – the annual healthcare cost of obesity per year. $245 billion  cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012. $289 billion  direct medical costs and lost productivity due to tobacco $78, 221  cost of a heart attack in the first 90 days. FREE- the cost of changing our lifestyle. Source: CDC, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, 2013

5 Source: 2013 America’s Health Rankings

6 Visible Cost Non-Visible Cost Direct Medical Costs  Medical  Pharmaceutical Indirect Costs  Presenteeism  Short-term Disability  Long-term Disability  Absenteeism  Workers Compensation Iceberg Phenomenon

7 Why Wellness at Work? Reduce absenteeism. Improve productivity and presenteeism (when employees are at work but are not as productive as usual due to stress, depression, injury, illness). Control increasing health care costs. Reduce injuries. Improve employee morale and retention.

8 Prevention Improves Productivity and Reduces Employer Costs A 1% reduction in health risks such as weight, blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol risk factors would save $83 to $103 annually in medical costs per person. Increasing use of preventive services—including tobacco cessation screening, alcohol abuse screening, and aspirin use—to 90% of the recommended levels could save $3.7 billion annually. Medical costs are reduced by approximately $3.27 for every dollar spent on workplace wellness programs.

9 What is a Worksite Wellness Program? A worksite wellness program is an organized program of employees designed to enrich their physical, mental, emotional and occupational well-being. A major goal of worksite wellness is to make the work environment more supportive of healthy behaviors, like healthy eating, being physically active, managing stress and quitting tobacco.

10 Developing a Model Worksite Wellness Program Conduct an assessment and implement group and individual activities to support employees who want to adopt healthy behaviors. Understand the health plan design and program infrastructure. Communicate data to leadership and to different stakeholders to understand the purpose of the program.

11 Worksite Wellness Strategy to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk Factors Worksite Wellness Program System Changes Healthy Catering Tobacco Free Environment Exercise and Health Policy (Flextime) Policy Change Onsite Fitness Centers / Onsite Clinics Healthy Vending Initiatives Lactation Room Stairwell Promotion Walking Trails Environmental changes

12 Leadership Promotes Engagement Are managers willing to participate in worksite wellness programs and encourage others to do so? What do they see as the benefits of worksite wellness programs for employees and the organization? What kinds of worksite wellness activities are they willing to allow? What is the level of employee interest in various types of wellness program activities, the most convenient times and places to schedule activities, and/or suggested organizational changes to promote a more healthful work environment?

13 2014 Private Sector Worksite Wellness Surveillance Study Survey to study health promotion activities and worksite wellness programs offered by employers in Mississippi. 607 interviews were conducted with management and key staff members. Random sample selected from a list of 2918 employers. ▫ Excluding Schools and Government

14 Worksite Wellness Surveillance Objectives Determine worksite health promotion and wellness programs which are available to employees of businesses in Mississippi. Specific objectives are to determine what percentage of businesses: (a) Sponsor worksite wellness programs and health promotion activities for their employees and their families. (b) Have policies and environments supporting cardiovascular health of employees.

15 2014 Worksite Surveillance Top 5 Health Promotion Activities 1.Health Screenings 2.Health Awareness 3.Wellness Activities 4.Diabetes Management 5.Designated Wellness Champion


17 Workplace Wellness Tax Credit How Does A Wellness Program Become “Qualified” (Certified)? An organization must consist of at least 3 of the following components: ▫ Health Awareness ▫ Employee Engagement ▫ Behavioral Change ▫ Supportive Environment


19 Contact Victor D. Sutton, PhD, MPPA Office of Preventive Health, Director 601.206.1559

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