|Policy Issue Brief - Workplace Wellness|
The workplace provides a unique opportunity to emphasize health promotion and offer clinical preventive services to employees. ACPM is a strong supporter of workplace wellness programs that help to ensure a healthier workforce.
BackgroundWorkplace wellness programs aim to promote health, prevent disease, and reduce injuries by making it easier to enjoy healthy lifestyle behaviors in the workplace. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans spend half of their waking hours at work and eat at least one of their daily meals there, providing a valuable, high-yield environment for health promotion initiatives. Employers have also realized the benefits of workplace wellness programs through lower healthcare costs, decreased absenteeism, workers’ compensation savings, and the enhanced productivity that result from having a healthier workforce. A meta-review of 56 published studies of worksite health promotion programs found an average of $5.81-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio in reduced absenteeism and healthcare costs.
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