80% of illnesses and disease in the United States are preventable. Heart disease being #1!
90% of all medical expenditures are spent in treating preventable diseases.
Employee absenteeism from lifestyle-related illness is costing companies billions of dollars annually.
One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. (Northwestern National Life)
Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. (Princeton Survey Research Associates)
Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor - more so than even financial problems or family problems. (St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.)
Levels of stress-related illness are nearly twice as high for women compared to men. Job stress has been linked with heart disease, muscle/bone disorders, depression, and burnout. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2004.
Health care expenditures are nearly 50% greater for workers who report high levels of stress. (Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine)
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who must take time off work because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for about 20 days. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report in 2002 revealed that at worksites with health and wellness programs, employers have:
Reduced healthcare costs by 20 to 50 percent
Reduced short-term sick leave by 6 to 32 percent
Increased productivity by 2 to 52 percent
For every $1 spent on wellness programs, employers can expect a return of $2.30 to $10.10.
With only 60% participation, Coca-Cola found that they saved $500 per year per employee with their program.
Johnson and Johnson reduced their absenteeism rate by 15% within two years of introducing their wellness program. They also cut their hospital costs by 34% after just three years
Coors Brewing Co.'s employee wellness statistics indicate that they save $5.50 per $1 spent on wellness; participant absenteeism drops by 18%.