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As health care costs continue to rise for workplaces, many organizations are seeking ways to improve the health and wellness of their employees. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, increasing physical activity can:
- lower the risk of heart disease,
- lower the risk of stroke,
- lower the risk of high blood pressure,
- lower the risk of colon and breast cancers,
- help prevent weight gain,
- improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness strength,
- prevent falls,
- improve bone strength, and
- reduce symptoms of depression.
The 2010 “Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings” report revealed that for every dollar spent on wellness initiatives, medical expenses dropped by about $3.27, while the costs associated with missed days by employees decreased by about $2.73. This and other similar return-on-investment studies continue to collect evidence that offering workplace wellness programs makes an enormous impact on employee health and organizational savings.