Another article highlighting the advantages of workplace wellness programs in the Great Falls Tribune. This one comes as a bit of a commentary on the recent debate around Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, and how it may have become a convenient way to distract ourselves from actually taking steps towards better health. “Reuters reported in April that obesity surpassed smoking when it comes to health care costs. The annual price tag of chronic diseases caused by our overeating and inactivity is $190 billion a year.”
A great quote from the article comes from the VP, director of HR, at D.A. Davidson, who launched their workplace wellness program in 2003:
“The reality is that with a healthier work force, you’ll have better attitudes, higher morale, less absences and more productivity, which are key components to a very competitive market”
A great success story highlighted in this article is from an employee at Davidson, Kristy LeMay, who lost 70 pounds thanks to the company’s wellness programs.
The morale of the story: we don’t need a government mandate to get healthy, the return on investment for wellness programs at work speaks for itself.