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Waistline to Bottom Line

HOW DOES A GROUP WEIGHT MANAGEMENT & WELLNESS PROGRAM BENEFIT A COMPANY?

Although it is difficult to produce uniform financial results of investment in corporate wellness programs because there is no standardized measurement tools yet available, the evidence is growing:

  • Health care costs are 2x - 3x greater for an employee with 3 or more risk factors (i.e. sedentary lifestyle, smoker, overweight and drink too much) than those with no such risk factors (Shain & Suurvail, 2001)
  • 70% of disability is related to behavioural factors - your employee’s lifestyle choices affect the health costs you incur.
  • for every $1.00 spent, companies who measured results achieved $2.01 to $3.50 in health care cost savings (International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 2006 study of US/Canadian corporate wellness programs)
  • Business decisions-makers are starting to recognize that a healthy organization is a place where employees are satisfied, committed, and healthy and that unhealthy organizations have reduced profits and increased absenteeism. (Lyden and Klengle 2000 study)

Excess weight is well-known as a risk factor which increased risk to many adverse health conditions which could lead to lower worker productivity, absenteeism and long-term disability.

Lauren Jawno has created a specialized Change4Good 10 Week Weight Management & Wellness Program specifically for corporate groups, along with other corporate programs such as Lunch & Learn and Guest Speaker events for companies. To find out how a program could be created for your company, call: 416-523-1990, or by email.