Posted November 23, 2011
Listen to advice from experts on the secret to successful employee wellness programs
Many Americans overindulge in high-calorie foods, avoid fitness activities and take minimal time to step away from the stressors in their lives. Employees in poor health cost businesses more than healthy employees. Consider these statistics:
- Adult obesity rate has increased from 13 percent in 1962 to 26.6 percent in 2007
- Child obesity rate nearly has tripled over the last 20 years, from 6.5 percent to 19.6 percent
- Teen obesity has more than tripled since 1980, from 5 percent to 18.1 percent
- Increased obesity leads to health complications:
- Higher incidences of type 2 diabetes, heart disease
- Increased risk of high blood pressure, which affects 30 percent of individuals under 50 years old and 82 percent of those over age 75
Many employers spend at least half of their profits on medical costs for employees with health problems. Conversely, companies with successful wellness programs enjoy lower absenteeism, higher productivity, lower incidences of job injuries, less employee turnover and fewer medical claims.
Link to Wellness Success
Listen to several secrets of successful wellness programs that were presented in a national web seminar on October 26, 2010.
Featured on CNN and in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Partnership for Prevention magazine, Lincoln Industries has implemented its own reforms for healthy employees and a healthy bottom line, resulting in reduced turnover and absenteeism, lower benefit and healthcare costs, a safer and more productive workplace and higher levels of employee satisfaction and loyalty.
The nation’s leading supplier of products requiring high-performance metal finishing, Lincoln Industries has proven that a happy, healthier workforce creates a better product and a more profitable business.
Web Seminar Topics:
- Why Lincoln Industries started its award-winning program years before most employers were talking about wellness
- Evolution of a successful program and what works, what doesn’t
- Real-dollar outcomes, proving that with the right focus, wellness programs can save businesses a lot more money than they cost
- State of our economy and what current economic indicators reveal about the future
- Evolving industries of benefits and insurance, how changes will affect businesses, and why dental and vision care matter
The following professionals share their expertise:
- Eric Thompson, associate professor and director, Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
- Greg Howe, wellness specialist, Lincoln Industries
- Karen Gustin, senior vice president of group marketing, national accounts and block acquisition, Ameritas Group