Wellness in the Workplace
Improve Health and Reduce Costs
The Affordable Care Act describes workplace wellness programs as a program offered by an employer to promote health and help prevent disease (Affordable Care Act section 12001). As an employer if you have not already read, reviewed and looked into the Affordable Health Care Act, we urge you do. Primary prevention is to prevent the onset of disease caused by everyday habit- inactivity, malnutrition, stress and smoking. Secondary prevention is to treat the early stages of disease, such as High Cholesterol, Diabetes and Stress, reverse the damages and prevent further complications. Health promotion, physical and emotional, is directly related to disease prevention. Corporate Wellness programs promote behavior changes which in turn lead to living a healthier, happier lifestyle. Healthier, happier people are more work efficient, have less sick days and a generally more positive demeanor.
Based upon the information gathered at our meeting, the specific needs and the size of your company, SM Fitness will put together a detailed Business Proposal tailored for your review. As each Company requires different wants and needs, each program and proposal is unique.
We provide a variety of services including:
- Wellness Coaching
- Weight Management
- Healthy living
- Disease prevention
- Nutritional Counseling
- Strength and Conditioning
- Food Allergy Education
- Stress Management
- Group Fitness such as Yoga, Aerobic and strength
- Individualized Fitness (personal training)
- Group Education
- Tailored meal plans
- Healthy Recipe booklets
- Add juice dispensing machines and water coolers
- Healthy packed lunch ideas for adults and kids
- Healthy options for eating at restaurants
- Healthy or low-cost cooking programs/healthy shopping instruction
- Information sessions on “fad” diets
- Active living and fitness Buddy programs such as aerobics, walking or cycling clubs
- Lunch and Learns
Workshops can include:
- Focus on Food allergies
- Diabetes Employees will learn about diabetes: prevention, types and the roles of diet and exercise in managing diabetes.
- Healthy Cooking Demonstration Cooking demonstration and tips. Sample recipes and a discussion of the use of alternate ingredients for flavorful, healthy dishes.
- Healthy Eating Real-life questions and issues related to nutrition and healthy eating. Topics include reading and understanding nutrition labels, sources of protein and portion control. Heart Health All about how the heart works heart disease prevention and staying heart healthy with exercise.
- Physical Activity Strategies to increase physical activity with tips for proper stretching and moving pain free.
- Stress Management Employee will learn to change patterns of thinking to help minimize stress
We recommend creating a timeline of all the workshops you are interested in- one a month for instance; October Women’s Health Workshop and December Surviving the Holidays Healthily etc. As you create the timeline, be mindful of staff time and the overall time that your organization is able to commit to the program. Set dates for each component that are realistic and stick to those dates as closely as possible.
Wellness Contact/Committee Formation
Depending on the size, needs and requests of the Company, a Wellness Committee may be formed. The Wellness Committee should represent all of the employee population; include employees from various shifts and departments, management, non-management, union and employees of all backgrounds to reflect the diversity of your organization. Depending on the depth of the organization, the Wellness Committee can vary in size and should include different perspectives and opinions. It is the job of a Wellness Committee to determine the needs of the company, formulate ideas for workshops, events, seminars etc. This may or may not be conducive to your company.
If you’re on the fence about whether or not your business truly needs a corporate wellness program, consider these 9 statistics:
- 86 million adult Americans have prediabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- 34.6% of U.S. adults are obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- 19% of U.S. adults currently smoke (America’s Health Rankings)
- By 2030, half of all American adults in the U.S. are expected to be obese (Fitness.gov)
- Obesity-related illness costs approximately $190.2 annually (Institute of Medicine)
- By 2018, it is estimated that obesity-related healthcare expenses will cost the U.S. $344 billion annually (Fitness.gov)
- A person with diagnosed diabetes spends approximately $13,700 annually on medical expenses (Diabetes.org)
- Medical costs decrease approximately $3.27 for each dollar a business spent on wellness programs (2013 Aflac Workforces Report)
- 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.
10 statistics that make the case for workplace wellness programs
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report titled “Winning With Wellness” earlier in 2016 that not only makes the case for the business value of workplace wellness programs, but also provides guidance on running an effective one.
Following are 10 key statistics on wellness programs cited in the report:
- More than one-third of Americans are overweight or obese. (p. 3)
- As of 2012, 117 million Americans had one or more chronic illnesses, which account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs in the U.S. (p. 3)
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 86 million Americans have prediabetes, and less than 10 percent of them are aware of their condition. (p. 3)
- Top two chronic health conditions driving health-related costs for employers were depression and obesity, research showed. (p. 3)
- Employees who scored low on “life satisfaction” stayed home from work 1.25 more days per month than those with higher scores, adding up to about 15 additional days off per year. (p. 15)
- Approximately 80 percent of people are not ready to take action to change their health behaviors at any given time, according to management research. (p. 9)
- If an individual does the following five things, they typically spend 33 percent to 50 percent less on healthcare costs: Walking 30 minutes per day, eating healthy, not smoking, having a waist size less than half their height and drinking alcohol only in moderation. (p. 3)
- 87 percent of employers are committed to workplace wellness and 73 percent offer a wellness program, according to a survey. (p. 4)
- In a survey, more than 60 percent of employers said workplace wellness programs reduced their organizations’ healthcare costs. (p. 15)
- Studies show that well-designed wellness programs have a return on investment of $1.50 to $3 per dollar spent over a two- to nine-year timeframe. (p. 16)
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