A lot! And these costs are rising. And the cost driver is a disease, chronic disease to be specific such as heart, diabetes, back problems, arthritis, depression, and stress. And one last bit of bad news is that these chronic diseases are showing no signs of getting better. In fact, they are getting worse.
But that’s where the bad news end and the good news start.
The good news is that you can put a stop or at least slow down the increase in your costs. How? Attack the problem at its root.
And the root is risk factors. We know which ones they are. And the best part is that they can be reversed or decreased for those employees who have them or prevented from happening for those who don’t have them yet. I say “yet” because we know that if no action is taken, more employees will shift to the” have” compared to the “have not” group.
The risk factors? Obesity, inactivity, high stress, smoking, high blood sugar, high cholesterol. The usual suspects! And the good news is that these are “modifiable”, so they can be modified, changed or eliminated with the right tools.
The tools are prevention and health promotion through well-designed and targeted corporate wellness.
Empower your employees to health. www.evexia.ca. Business Case paper.