More than 1/3 of Americans are overweight or obese.
As of 2012, 117 million Americans had one or more chronic illness, which account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs in the U.S.
Nearly 86 million Americans have prediabetes, with less than 10% aware of their condition. Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Top 2 chronic health conditions driving health-related costs for employers: depression and obesity
Employees who scored low on “life satisfaction” missed work 1.25 more days/month than those with higher scores, - up to 15 more days off/year. So check out Jackie's new Happiness Formula program.
Approximately 80 percent of people are not ready to take action to change their health behaviors. So 86% of employers use financial incentives in their wellness programs. Source: Healthpayer Intelligence
For those American workers who are unwilling to take responsibility for their own health,their employers are doing it for them.
62% of all companies offer some version of wellness services
Employer provided wellness programs are great, but …
As valuable as health screening tests, smoking cessation, weight loss programs, etc., are, they don’t address employees’ underlying problem, so can serve as mere band aids, not cures to the health care cost crisis.
The underlying problem for most,especially those with persistent health conditions,is chronic stress, so including stress management in employer wellness approaches will get far more bang for each buck spent.
Did you know?
U.S. employers expect health care costs to rise by 5.5% in 2018, up from 4.6% in 2017. Source: Willis Towers Watson Survey, August 2, 2017
By 2020, healthcare spending is projected to grow at 5.8 percent/year. What's driving the increase are unhealthy behavioral and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, alcohol abuse, dietary and exercise (lack of) choices resulting in obesity.
Eliminating 3 risk factors – poor diet, inactivity, and smoking – would prevent: 80% of heart disease and stroke; 80% of type 2 diabetes; and, 40% of cancer. Source: US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Jackie's approach Jackie offers a variety of classes (as short as 2-hours each) to address some of employees’ most common problems that left unaddressed can lead to illness and disease development. Her wellness approach aims to help participants improve their emotional and physical well-being.
Jackie tailors these classes to meet an participants' individual needs. If coping with change is causing your employees stress she can provide a class on “Coping at the Speed of Change.” Tell her what your major stressors are and she can tailor specific classes to deal with them.