Monday, June 2, 2008

Have A Heart: Wellness Incentives Take Center Stage

“As more organizations get serious about incentivizing a larger category of employee behaviors, it was only a matter of time before employee wellness became an incentive target. Fueled by the skyrocketing cost of health care coverage, encouraging employees to be healthier is not only good for their physical well being, but it's also good for the company's bottom line, producing savings in healthcare costs that many employers in turn pass on to their employees. With a significant increase in heart disease, one of the leading killers today, a 70 percent increase in diabetes in people 30-40 years old during the 1990s (which leads to a four times higher risk of heart attack), and an estimated 30 million individuals with undiagnosed Type 2 diabetes in the United States today, perhaps it's time for organizations to help their employees help themselves to take responsibility and control of their health. Incentivizing a wellness initiative in your company could do just that.”

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