Workplace Wellness Programs Provide Physical and Financial Benefits

Employers across the region are seeing the benefits of introducing healthy living and weight-loss programs for their workforces.

Studies show that participants in workplace wellness initiatives tend to stick with their programs longer because of public goal-setting and the power of positive reinforcement from fellow workers. In addition to losing weight, participants show improvements in measurements such as blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 

Companies spend an estimated 25 to 30 percent of medical costs on employees with major risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The most common risk factors include tobacco use, obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and lack of physical activity.

Existing research indicates positive change comes when employers provide information on wellness and lifestyle change, with enhanced results and improved workforce morale common for employers who offer employer-sponsored programs.

The Healthy Weigh

Saint Francis Medical Center’s medically supervised weight-loss program, The Healthy Weigh, incorporates diet solutions provided by Health Management Resources® (HMR), a weight-loss management company that specializes in lifestyle education, personalized attention and follow-up. The program offers a comprehensive approach to weight loss that includes intensive lifestyle education and the option of medical supervision for those with weight-related medical conditions.

The Healthy Weigh has earned HMR Gold Standard certificates in multiple categories. Participants can access expert nutritional, medical and fitness resources at the Medical Center and Fitness Plus, Saint Francis’ award-winning fitness facility.

There is no cost for employers to offer The Healthy Weigh program to employees. Individual participant fees vary depending on diet option and level of reimbursement offered by the employer.

For more information about instituting a corporate wellness program or bringing The Healthy Weigh program to your workplace, please call Chad Clippard, business liaison, at 573-331-3019.