Employers of all sizes are recognizing the importance of changing employees' sedentary lifestyles and making health promotion and wellness programs
part of their benefit offerings.
According to a study by the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and Deloitte & Touche USA, 62% of companies have taken steps to improve their employees' health through wellness programs
, while 33% are considering implementing wellness programs
Still, cost-saving options are available, from self-insurance plans to stronger wellness programs
to giving employees the chance to have telephone consultations with health-care providers.
Despite their benefits, employee wellness programs
are only offered in about one in four of the nation's school districts, according to Steven Aldana of the college of health and human performance at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
The institution of workplace wellness programs
and health programs within a business or organization has the capacity to reduce absenteeism, improve worker satisfaction and morale and lower health-care costs, according to Mary Ann Diosi, public health nurse with the Sudbury and District Health Unit workplace wellness team.
Workplace wellness programs
have two main goals: improve employees' health and lower their employers' health care costs.
Under the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs
Act, introduced in the House of Representatives in March 2017 (H.
Most employees with access to workplace wellness programs
say they have made a positive impact on their health, even though a majority are unwilling to devote more than one hour per day to health-related activities such as consistent exercise, according to a new survey.
M2 EQUITYBITES-June 8, 2017-Survey finds financial wellness programs
gaining momentum with employers
gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1313/committees) HR 1313 , or the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs
Act-successfully passed through the House Committee on Education and the Workforce this week on party lines, with all 22 Republicans supporting the measure and all 17 Democrats opposed.
Workplace Wellness Programs
and the ADA's Voluntariness
It's true that wellness programs
are most common in large corporations, but small companies also can offer these benefits and reap the advantages.