Worksite Wellness - FAQs

Why the Worksite Setting?

Worksites are a great place to focus on changing behavior for a variety of reasons.

  • People spend more time in the work setting than any other setting in an average day. 
  • The work setting lends itself to policy and environmental changes that encourage and support healthy habits. 
  • Combined with incentive programs, worksites provide a rich environment to change behavior and increase the number of employees with good health habits and a lower number of health risk factors.

How Will Wellness Affect My Company's Bottom Line?

Here are some key benefits of Wellness Programs:

  • Decreased health care costs
  • Provide a return on investment
  • Increased productivity
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improve morale and retain key staff

What are the Chronic Disease Related Healthcare Costs?

The cost to employers of obesity-related health problems in 2003 was $13 billion per year, including $8 billion in medical claims, $2.4 billion in paid sick leave, $1.8 billion in life insurance, and almost $1 billion in disability insurance. In addition, an estimated 39 million workdays are lost to obesity-related illnesses each year (Department of Health and Human Services 2004).

What is the Percent of Adults with Lifestyle Health Risk Factors?

Risk Factor State of Nevada United States
Obese: Body Mass Index (BMI>30) 25% 28%
Overweight (BMI>25<30) 36% 36%
Overweight and obese combined 61% 64%
Diabetes 8% 8%
Current Smoker      23% 21%
High blood pressure      31% 31%
High cholesterol 37% 38%
Lack of physical activity (< recommended level) 47% 48%
Less than 5 servings of fruits or vegetables 76% 77%

Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 2009

What is the Cost Per Risk Factor Per Year for Chronic Disease?

Risk Factor Cost
Depression $2,413
High Glucose $1,450
Overweight $1,194
Stress $1,132
Tobacco $713
No Exercise $709
High Blood Pressure $650
High Cholesterol $454