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10 Stats that will Make You Consider a Corporate Wellness Program


corporate-wellness-statistics-2.jpgIt's no secret that the state of the American workforce's health is an expensive burden to bear—expensive for the health care system as a whole and for businesses that now have health care reform obligations to meet.The fact is, unhealthy employees cost more—both because of their actual medical expenses and due to their lost productivity.

Implementing and supporting a corporate wellness program is one way that many businesses are trying to build a culture of health and fitness for the greater good of their employees and their bottom line. And, their employees appreciate the investment. According to the 2013 Aflac Workforces Report, employees enrolled in wellness programs at the place of their employment are more satisfied with their jobs.

If you're on the fence about whether or not your financial institution truly needs a corporate wellness program, consider these 10 statistics:

  1. 86 million adult Americans have prediabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  2. 6% of U.S. adults are obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  3. 19% of U.S. adults currently smoke (America's Health Rankings)

  4. 90% of Americans eat more than the recommended amount of sodium for a healthy diet (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  5. By 2030, half of all American adults in the U.S. are expected to be obese (gov

  6. Obesity-related illness costs approximately $190.2 annually (Institute of Medicine)

  7. By 2018, it is estimated that obesity-related healthcare expenses will cost the U.S. $344 billion annually (gov)

  8. A person with diagnosed diabetes spends approximately $13,700 annually on medical expenses (org)

  9. Medical costs decrease approximately $3.27 for each dollar a business spent on wellness programs (2013 Aflac Workforces Report)

  10. Companies that implemented a wellness program experienced a 28% reduction in employees calling in sick (Institute for Healthcare Consumerism™)

While realizing the monetary benefits and cost-savings of a corporate wellness program will take time, you should also consider the more non-quantifiable benefits that are associated with a healthier workforce. For example, the American Psychological Association's (APA) Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award recipients boasted an average turnover rate of 6% in 2012, as opposed to the 38% national average. Offering your employees health care benefits is no longer optional, and the state of your workforce's health can impact your cost—for better or worse.

This post was originally featured on SWBC's BusinessHub blog.

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