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Workplace Wellness Programs Save Money

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, February 12th, 2015

Deposit Into Piggy Bank Savings AccountWorkplace wellness programs help cut health care costs and reduce hospital admissions for employees with chronic illnesses, a new study suggests.

Study senior author Dr. Soeren Mattke, a senior natural scientist at RAND Corp., a nonprofit research organization, said the study examined PepsiCo’s Healthy Living wellness program over the course of seven years. Among the program components were health risk assessments and on-site wellness events. The company’s wellness program also provided help with disease and lifestyle management, along with a hotline that provided advice from a nurse.

The researchers assessed the experience of more than 67,000 employees eligible for the disease- and lifestyle-management programs. The study, published in the journal Health Affairs, found that the disease-management program alone resulted in a cost reduction of $136 per month and a 29% drop in hospital admissions among participants. The researchers found that every $1 invested in the wellness program saved $3.78 in health care costs.

Employees who participated in both the disease- and lifestyle-management program saved $160 each month. Hospital admissions among this group fell by 66%.

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