Corporate Health Statistics:
* Every $1 invested in employee wellness programs yield roughly $4 savings through reduced sick days, higher productivity and decreased health costs.
* Waste Management, Inc., implemented a pilot stress management program for employees and their families; it reduced the total number of claims for the company and resulted in estimated savings of between $3,750 and $15,000 per participant, per year.
* Studies show that nationwide companies who implement a health and wellness program reduce their claims up to $250 per employee.
* Four of the ten most costly health conditions affecting employees are related to heart disease and stroke. Employees with heart disease and heart disease risk factors cost employers thousands of dollars more than healthy employees each year through higher insurance costs .
* Obese employees increase medical care and pharmacy costs 75% more than non-obese employees.
* An estimated one million workers are absent every day due to stress.
* A 1992 analysis of the employees of GE Aircraft showed that medical claims submitted by the company's fitness center members decreased by 27 percent, while claims made by non-members actually rose by 17 percent.
* In a survey by the Health Research Institute, data suggests that wellness programs are emerging as crucial to the long-term control of health care costs and that these programs yield net savings of $3.44 for every dollar spent on programming.
* 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their co-workers need such help.
* Johnson and Johnson reduced its absenteeism rate by 15 percent within two years of introducing its wellness program. The company also cut its hospital costs by 34 percent after just three years.
* Unanticipated absenteeism is estimated to cost $602 per worker per year and the price tag for large companies could approach 3.5 million dollars annually.
* $300 billion or $7,500 per employee is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct medical expenses and employee turn over.
* Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance rose 6.1% in 2007.
* Medical costs for obese employees are 7 times higher than for non-obese employees.
* At DuPont, each dollar invested in workplace health promotion yielded $1.42 in lower absenteeism costs over a two-year period.
* In 2007, diabetes accounted for 15 million work days absent, 120 million work days with reduced performance, 6 million reduced productivity days for those not in the workforce, and an additional 107 million work days lost due to unemployment disability attributed to diabetes.
· Depression is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the 21st century, responsible for more lost work days than any other single factor.