Exercise Programs Save Companies Money

From the Associate Press comes an article that reports to the advantages of corporations having their employees be involved in wellness exercise programs. "Enthusiastic participation in worksite wellness can yield many different health benefits," said Dr. Roy Shephard of the University of Toronto.These corporate programs put fitness equipment and "health advisers" near the workers. The companies add an additional incentive by either paying for all or part of the program. Unfortunately, many workers still don't participate. But, among those who do, the effects were impressive and many aspects of health benefits were noticed.

One benefit noticed was that workers who took part in the program lost an average of 13% body fat. Weight loss was 2% typically, and most participants were able to lower their blood pressure. Another advantage was that workers could actually enhance their aerobic power. In this area women gained 7.4 percent while men gained 4.4 percent. Probably most important to employers who acquire the tab for medical health insurance was that these programs showed a decrease in medical expenses for workers who participated. Studies discovered that medical claims were reduced on average from between $100 and $400 for those people who took part in the wellness programs. These workers also took less sick time than the average. Between the decrease in sick days, and the decrease in medical claims, it was shown that these programs saved the companies who offered them an average of $500 to $700 per worker, more than enough to cover the cost of implementing these programs.

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