Wellness Care Watches the Bottom Line

Staying fit and eating healthy are vital components of being well.  Being well is a vital component to lower costs in healthcare.  In a healthcare system that is really more of a “sick-care” system it only makes sense that by not getting sick you will have less expenditures.  This is reflected in a recent article from the Huffington Post.

Whether employers are making an effort to save for their own benefit or to get employees on a track to good health, a recent study by the Incentive Research Foundation found that many of them are now offering incentives through workplace wellness programs. The payoff? As much as $1.9 trillion in savings per year, says Rodger Stotz, Chief Research Officer for the IRF.

That is great news!

What is not great news is that the U.S. is currently spending upwards of 2 trillions of dollars on healthcare every year.  The sad part is that 75% of the conditions being treated are preventable.

And what is the most common treatment?  Drugs.

What needs to happen is for companies to place a greater emphasis on wellness care.  This article shows the importance of rewarding people for participating in these programs.  It’s mutually beneficial in that it saves the company money and makes the employee healthier!

“And this doesn’t even consider productivity gains or worker quality of life improvements,” he says.

Workplace wellness should consist of more than just encouraging eating right and exercising.  The best practice would be to facilitate these but also provide avenues to ensure injury prevention, proper ergonomics and the many facets of wellness that are often unaddressed.

Many healthcare clinics provide services that complement wellness programs done in local companies.  Be it wellness screenings, health lectures, or simply serving as a resource, these clinics can be key partners on keeping your company fit.

Here at Lifestyle Chiropractic, we offer a variety of these opportunities for local companies.  Dr. Joel is available to speak on a variety of topics – if you are interested in what we can offer, please call us today!

We’re here to help!

[Full article:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/30/study-wellness-awards-shrinks-healthcare-costs_n_942684.html?ref=fb&src=sp]

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