Essay about Health and Wellness in the Workplace

1298 Words Nov 2nd, 2012 6 Pages
Health and Wellness in the Workplace
Health Care costs are on the rise and present a threat to many Americans, and business corporations in the United States. Many Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 spend most of their days in the workplace. Health and wellness in the workplace is something that all businesses and major corporations should promote in the workplace to help educate employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are many factors to consider although many business owners and major corporations feel that wellness programs are pricey and may or may not be beneficial for the employees. The researcher will prove that having a worksite wellness program will be beneficial in the long run and will promote a healthier work
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Many employers may have a seen a vast increase in the absentee rate of employees over the past decade due to chronic illness. Obesity is one of the root causes of chronic disease, accounting for nearly 10% of the amount that the U.S. spends annually on healthcare. A recent study found that obesity-related health spending reached $147 billion, double what it was nearly a decade ago (Corporate Wellness Magazine, 2010) . One of the many cost drivers in health care cost for employers is chronic disease and obesity. There are many employees that are obese in the work place due to limited activity while at work. Obesity is also another factor that affects employees as well which can develop into chronic illness and increased workers compensation claims.
Health care for people with chronic diseases already accounts for 75% of the nation’s total health care costs (Shrauger, 2011). This number will only increase over time. In order to prevent the rising and avoidable health care costs employer must come up with a strategy that will be most effective to get all employees educated and enrolled into a wellness program to optimize care for those with chronic illness, or health conditions. This strategy must include the expansion of programs that improve the health of the population through the promotion of self-efficacy, behavior change and the ongoing management of health and disease (Shrauger, 2011). The strategy must also include different programs to

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