Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Survey: 43 Percent of Companies Have Formal Health/Wellness Strategy

An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure ...

"Some 43 percent of companies have adopted a formal disease management and health promotion/wellness strategy for their employees, according to a survey of approximately 200 companies conducted by Aon Consulting. Another 19 percent said their management has asked them to explore the possibility of implementing a health management program.

"When you consider these results together with increased implementation of consumer driven health plans, it's clear that senior management has begun to embrace a more holistic approach for managing rising health care costs," said Michele Becker, a vice president with Aon Consulting. She said the challenge employers face is to "balance short-term administrative costs with a desire to impact longer-term health care costs, reduce absence and improve productivity."

Obesity and lack of physical inactivity were the top lifestyle concerns (62.8 percent for the two) for human resource executives surveyed. Another 15 percent cited stress, but only 3 percent rated smoking as their primary concern.

"This is an interesting finding in light of the fact that smoking remains the No. 1 cause of early preventable death in the U.S.," Becker said."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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