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Given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have projected that the United States’ National Healthcare Expenditure will continue to rise and reach $5 trillion by 2022, worksite wellness has never been more important. According to the “Guide to Workplace Wellness” by Health Advocate™, some of the workplace costs related to having unhealthy employees include:
- Obesity-related conditions cost more than $13 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity.
- A typical smoker costs about $3,900 each year in medical expenses and lost productivity.
- Stress costs approximately $300 billion each year in medical expenses, lost productivity, missed work days, accidents and employee turnover.
- Diabetes costs 14 million disability days each year.
- Cardiovascular disease cost $142 billion in lost productivity in 2001.
Programs that focus on education of and engagement with employees on topics such as nutrition, stress management, physical fitness, and smoking can facilitate a healthier worksite. A healthier workforce, in turn, can lead to higher productivity, fewer missed days, decreased health care costs, higher morale, and stronger retention rates – all of which will improve an organization’s bottom-line.