Why do you need a wellness program?

Fit workers have fewer injuries and sick days!

The National Safety Council estimated the cost of workplace injuries in the United States to be $125 billion. Can corporate fitness and health & wellness programs make any impact on that number, and what kind of a return on investment is possible from corporate wellness programs?

A 4-year study of Xerox Corporation employees has found a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of workplace injuries among those who participate in corporate wellness programs. The study, conducted by the University of Michigan Health Management Research Center, examined on-the-job injuries of 3,338 employees from 1996 to 1999. The results of the study have been published in the July 2001 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Of the group measured, 943 had participated in the company’s health risk appraisal program, designed to steer people toward a healthier lifestyle. Of those who participated in the appraisal, 5.6 percent made workers’ comp claims, compared to 8.9 percent of nonparticipants of corporate wellness programs. When they were injured, their average cost per claim was $6,506, compared with $9,482 for the nonparticipants of corporate wellness programs. There was a 5 to 1 return on investment on the corporate wellness programs.

Found Wellness is an association of professional healthcare motivational and keynote speakers who devote their time to improve the well being of their community. Our members perform Wellness Days, do blood pressure checks, spinal screenings and deliver educational workshops on health-related topics in their local communities. Found Wellness members are in great demand to speak at corporations, women’s associations, bookstores, health food stores and corporate fitness centers, among many other locations.