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Lorain County

Heart Education, Awareness, and Resource Team

Conducted through the Lorain County General Health District


why worksite wellness
Why Worksite Wellness?
  • Well-designed worksite health promotion interventions can have an enormous impact on disease prevention and control, which can result in significant savings in healthcare spending.
Approximately 82% of the US population is employed, a dependent, or a retiree; and, employers provide health care coverage to roughly 70% of employees.
  • Chapman, L. 2002 Proof Positive
Overall, $1.4 trillion is spent annually on health care in the U.S. - that's $3.8 billion a day.
  • David Hunnicutt, CEO, Wellness Councils of America
the bottom line
The Bottom Line







Health care


health promotion programs help to
Health promotion programs help to:
  • prevent chronic diseases,
  • reduce sickness-related absenteeism,
  • and increase employee productivity,
  • with the long-term potential of reducing overall health care costs.
reasons employers give for instituting health promotion programs
Reasons employers give forinstituting health promotion programs
  • Improve employee morale (77%)
  • Retain good workers (75%)
  • Attract good employees (67%)
  • Improve productivity (64%)
benefits to employer
Benefits to Employer
  • Attracting superlative workers in a competitive global marketplace
  • Reducing absenteeism/lost time
  • Improving on-the-job decision-making and time utilization (reduced “presenteeism”)
  • Improving employee morale and fostering stronger organizational commitments
  • Reducing organizational conflict by building a reservoir of good-will toward management;
  • Reducing employee turnover

Chapman LS. Proof Positive: An Analyses of the Cost-Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness. 4th ed. Seattle, WA: Summex Corporation; 1999.

benefits to employee
Benefits to Employee
  • Improving their physical strength, stamina, and general wellbeing
  • Improving their focus at work
  • Increasing job satisfaction and fostering a positive outlook on life
  • Bettering relations with co-workers and supervisors
  • Chapman LSM. Clearing Up the Productivity “Fog”. The Art of Health Promotion 1999; 3 (5): 1-12.
return on investment
Return On Investment
  • “The data supporting the claim that health promotion programs can reduce medical care costs and reduce absenteeism is of higher quality than the data most businesses have to support other investments of similar cost.”
  • Michael O’Donnell, Editor in Chief & President, American Journal of Health Promotion
evidence of financial roi
Evidence of financial ROI
  • The indirect costs (e.g., absenteeism, presenteeism) of poor health can be two to three times the direct medical costs.
  • Edington DW, Burton WN. Health and productivity. In: McCunney, RJ: A Practical Approach to Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 3rd ed. 2003:140-152;
  • Burton WN, Pransky G, Conti DJ, Chen CY, Edington DW. The association of medical conditions and presenteeism. J Occup Environ Med. 2004;46(6) suppl:S38-S45:
  • Pelletier B, Boles M, Lynch W. Change in health risks and work productivity over time. J Occup Environ Med.   2004;46(7):746-754:
  • Goetzel RZ, Long SR, Ozminkowski RJ, Hawkins K, Wang S, Lynch W. Health, absence, disability, and  presenteeism cost estimates of certain physical and mental health conditions affecting U.S. Employers. J Occup Environ Med. 2004;46(4):398-412;
Productivity losses related to personal and family health problems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year, or $225.8 billion annually.
  • Stewart WF, Ricci JA, Chee E, Morganstein D. Lost productive work time costs from health conditions in the United States: results from the American productivity audit. J Occup Environ Med. 2003;45(12):1234-124; 
A meta-review of 42 published studies of worksite health promotion programs shows:
  • Average 28% reduction in sick leave absenteeism
  • Average 26% reduction in health costs
  • Average 30% reduction in workers' compensation and disability management claims costs
  • Average $5.93-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio
  • Chapman LS. Meta-evaluation of worksite health promotion economic return studies. The Art of Health Promotion. 2003;6(6):1-16.

Healthy Workforce 2010

A review of 73 published studies of worksite health promotion programs shows an average $3.50-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio in reduced absenteeism and health care cost.
  • Aldana SG. Financial impact of healthpromotion programs: a comprehensive review of the literature. American Journal of Health Promotion. 2001;15(5):296-320;
how do you determine roi
How do you determine ROI
  • Presenteeism cost = 1.8 × annual health care cost
  • Absenteeism cost = .2 × annual health care cost
The WellSteps ROI calculator can tell you how much your organization is spending on each of these costs.
  • To use the ROI calculator click on the “Tools” link at

Cost Calculators

seven benchmarks to worksite wellness
Seven Benchmarks to Worksite Wellness
  • Establishing senior level support
  • Building wellness teams
  • Collecting data
  • Writing an operating plan
  • Choosing interventions
  • Creating supportive environments
  • Evaluating outcomes
small business
Small Business

1. Capturing CEO Support2. Designating a Company Wellness Leader3. Conducting an Employee Health Interest Survey4. Providing an Opportunity for Health Screening5. Administering an Annual Physical Activity Campaign6. Holding a Healthy Eating In-service/Lunch ‘n Learn7. Establishing an In-house Wellness Library8. Disseminating a Quarterly Health Newsletter9. Implementing Healthy Policies and Procedures10. Supporting Community Health Efforts

chronic disease the data
Chronic Disease: The Data

Actual underlying causes of death in 2000 were:

  • tobacco use
  • poor diet
  • physical inactivity
  • high alcohol consumption

(CDC Fact Sheet: Actual Causes of Death in the US, 2000)

health promotion interventions
Health promotion interventions…
  • increase awareness & knowledge,
  • change behavior,
  • influence environmental and policy changes

…to improve employee health.

  • New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene – Wellness at Work -
  • Wellness Councils of America -
  • Center For Disease Control and Prevention- Healthier Worksite Initiative – Cost
  • Partnership for Prevention

Healthy Workforce 2010

  • Wellsteps –
  • Healthy Ohio -
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Alliance for the Healthiest Nation