Effective worksite wellness programs can reduce the risk of heart disease and decrease the physical and economic burdens of chronic diseases, according to a policy statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in Circulation (2009; 120, 1725–41). Companies can save anywhere from $3 to $15 for every $1 spent on health and wellness within 12–18 months of implementing a worksite wellness program. Programs can increase worker productivity, reduce absenteeism, lower turnover rates and decrease healthcare costs.
Keys to a successful worksite wellness program include the following:
- tobacco cessation and prevention
- regular physical activity
- stress management/reduction
- early detection/screening
- nutrition education and promotion
- weight management
To read the AHA’s policy statement on worksite wellness programs for cardiovascular disease prevention, go to www.heart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3069820.
by Shirley Archer, JD, MA