87 percent of the total healthcare expenditure in the United States is for the management of chronic disease. This staggering statistic does not even take into account the treatment of chronic diseases.
Is this the fate of our nation’s health? And what does that mean for a corporation such as yours that puts out much of that cost in high insurance premiums?
You’re likely wondering if there is a better way, for not only the economics of your business, but also the very quality of life for your employees.
There is. And it’s called lifestyle changes.
But what can you possibly do to change the daily decisions of an individual?
Encourage corporate wellness and nutrition by implementing wellness programs that reward and promote these necessary lifestyle changes. And while not every employee will choose to participate, you can enlist the help of quality wellness program specialists who have proven methods for increasing participation and ensuring a positive ROI for your business.
What four lifestyle changes will a corporate wellness and nutrition program encourage within your company?
- Smoking Cessation
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, and costs more than 300 billion a year in smoking related illnesses.
- Proper Nutrition
French physician Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote in 1826, “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es,” translated, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” For a greater part of the 20th century, mainstream America did not recognize this adage as remotely true, yet in the past 30 years there has been an awakening concerning the health of our bodies as it relates to the food we choose to consume. The food we eat remains one of the most important factors of our overall health and wellness.
- Daily exercise
With the migration towards urban living and the advancement of computers and machines within workplaces, much of the jobs in America are relatively sedentary. This has a direct affect on our health. Daily movement and exercise is necessary for a strong heart, lungs and bones. The presence or lack of exercise has also been proven to have a direct affect on those who struggle with mental disorders such as depression or anxiety.
- Stress Reduction
A corporate wellness and nutrition program would not be complete without focusing on decreasing the amount of stress that enters the body and is never dealt with. Stress is a determining factor in many health complications and must not be considered a secondary issue. Wellness programs teach how to manage stress, eliminate unnecessary stress and make future choices to avoid further stress buildup.
A corporate wellness program encourages better health choices in each of these areas through team wellness challenges, personal goals, health trackers, biometric screenings, and company rewards.
If you’re interested in decreasing your out-of-pocket expenses that are funneled directly into outrageous healthcare costs, consider seeking the professional help of a corporate wellness and nutrition company. Experts at developing and maintaining corporate wellness programs, companies such as Wellworks For You, are able to increase your ROI through strategic planning and proven methods. Call Wellworks For You today to find out what we can do for you!