Michael Best proudly joins Virgin Healthmiles, the Stop Obesity Alliance and the Institute for Health & Productivity Management in promoting a healthier workplace. National Employee Wellness Month is a month-long initiative designed to help raise public awareness about the critical role employers play in workplace wellness and how preventive, healthy employee behavior can help improve health and combat our nation's rising healthcare costs. In total, more than 80 companies across the United States are participating in this important workplace wellness initiative. National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by Virgin HealthMiles, a leading provider of health and productivity programs, in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and the Institute for Health & Productivity Management.
Even with the recently-passed healthcare reform legislation, forward-looking employers have recognized the increased role the private sector must play in encouraging greater physical activity and more healthful choices on the part of employees. Increased physical activity has been proven to help prevent the onset of obesity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), account for 75 percent, or $1.5 trillion, of our nation’s healthcare costs.
The workplace has the potential to serve as a critical community for helping employees become more physically active. Promoting employee health is an investment not only in human capital, but in preserving the bottom line. Healthcare costs continue to at nearly 10 percent per annum, and according to a recent report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, employers are absorbing 70-80 percent of this increase in costs.
According to the STOP Obesity Alliance, the workplace is one important environment that could be better leveraged to fight obesity. In fact, a 2008 survey by the STOP Obesity Alliance and the National Opinion Research Center found that employers and employees agree that the workplace is an appropriate environment for supporting weight loss efforts and helping curb the toll of preventable chronic diseases.
About National Employee Wellness Month
National Employee Wellness Month is an annual initiative held in June that raises public awareness about the critical role employers play in workplace wellness and how preventive, healthy employee behavior can help improve health and combat our nation's rising healthcare costs. For more information about National Employee Wellness Month, visit www.nationalemployeewellnessmonth.com.
About Virgin HealthMiles, the STOP Obesity Alliance and IHPM
Virgin HealthMiles is an industry leading provider of employee health and activity programs that pay people to get active. Its award-winning, Pay-for-Prevention™ approach, based on physical activity and healthy lifestyle change, attracts an average of 40% of employees who participate in the program regularly, which helps organizations reduce medical costs and improve employee productivity and satisfaction.
Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance is a collaboration of consumer, provider, government, labor, business, health insurers and quality-of-care organizations united to drive innovative and practical strategies that combat obesity. The Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance receives funding from its sponsors, sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC., founding sponsor, and Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc., supporting sponsor.
The Institute for Health & Productivity Management is a global research and development enterprise devoted to establishing the value of health in the workplace as a human capital investment that improves business performance. IHPM holds conferences around the world, conducts Academies, publishes a quarterly magazine and a peer-reviewed journal, and conducts field projects – including several on obesity and related cardio-metabolic health risks. It works with all the stakeholders – employers and their employees, health service providers, health plans, pharmaceutical manufacturers and governments – to advance health and productivity management as a strategy for economic competitiveness.