billion dollars in everyday terms could be related to spending
$100,000.00 every day for 25 years and at the end of that
25 year span, you would still have $87 million remaining.
to a report from, "Health Promotion in the Work Place"
by O'Donnell and Ainsworth, they state:
the total Health Care expenditures in this country, approximately
96% is spent on treatment of illness and only 4% on disease
prevention and health promotion."
organizations have taken an interest in the health practices
of their employees and the expenditures incurred as a result
of these behaviors. Employers are beginning to realize that
there are no "quick-fix" solutions to medical inflation
and are now considering long term solutions and they are focusing
attention on the consumer demand for health services.
the DIETARY GOALS for the UNITED STATES by the U.S. Senate
Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs states:
Order of Killers in our Nation are all DIET RELATED."
to Dr. Charles Mayo of the Mayo Clinic states:
Resistance to Disease is directly dependent upon Adequate
Bernandine Healy, director of the National Institute of Health
(which includes the National Cancer Institute) points out
of all the deaths in the U.S. are directly related to lifestyle
choices, including what we eat."
more fruits and vegetables is an astoundingly simple and
pleasant way of decreasing your risk of cancer and other
from a study by Amier & Dull entitled "Closing the
Gap --The Burden of Unnecessary Illness", they state:
of the illness & premature death in the United States
can be prevented."
10,000 epidemiological studies support the relationship
between health risk factors and illness and injuries which
account for over 73% of the mortality in the United States.
These include heart disease, strokes, cancer, liver disease,
accidents, homicide and suicide.
literature supports that employees with deleterious lifestyles
and other health risks experience higher health benefit
costs. Analysis of health benefits claims identify 10-25%
of total claims as "excess" or preventable' lifestyle
studies point to higher rates of absenteeism among the high
risk population. Heart disease alone is annually estimated
to cause 132 million lost work days and $27 Billion in lost
health promotion at the worksite makes sense for a variety
cost of delivering services to large numbers of people is
reduced since populations are often concentrated in one
location, where organizational structures for communications
and program coordination already exist.
intervention and change is possible given a stable population.
at behavior and attitude changes are enhanced in a supportive
environment where peers act as role models and coaches.
for Employer Interest in Health Promotion:.
absenteeism including a reduction in the number of sick
leaves and mental health days.
company morale from a feeling by workers that the employer
is concerned about their health and well-being!
ability to perform since employees are healthier both
physically and mentally.
in Benefit costs:
health benefit costs through reduced utilization of
health care services and more conscientious and intelligent
use of these services.
Life Insurance costs through premium discounts for nonsmokers
and those who practice healthy lifestyles.
workers' compensation costs through a reduction in claims
for accidents, back injuries and smoking related fires.
in Human Resources Development costs:
can be realized through reduced recruiting, education
and training costs caused by employee turnover. Employees
who are drawn to the company because of the company's
progressive thinking and perceived caring for its employees
are less likely to resign.