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2017 is the Year of Wellness [Infographic]

2017 is the Year of Wellness

It’s estimated that over $2.2 trillion dollars each year is spent on chronic diseases, stress, work-related injuries and worker disengagement.1 School, city and county employers are combating these rising health care costs by creating healthier work environments and embedding wellness into their culture. They are recognizing that wellness is important to the workforce as a whole and that health and wellness has an impact on the bottom line.


Why Wellness?

Workplace wellness is a win-win for both employers and staff. When employers provide a supportive environment to encourage employees to adopt a healthier lifestyle through wellness programs/initiatives like exercising, making healthy food choices, quitting smoking, etc., this can help reduce claims, increase productivity and decrease absenteeism. And in the same vein, if employees invest in taking better care of themselves, they can benefit physically, emotionally, mentally and financially.

Some wellness program/initiatives where employers have reported positive results include:

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health risk questionnaire
  • Biometric screening
  • Physical activity program/discounts
  • Tobacco cessation program


How to Successfully Measure Wellness

To evaluate your wellness plan, take a look at your at your ROI (return on investment) and VOI (value of investment). ROI is looking at the tangible benefits of the plan such as absenteeism and reduction in certain medical claims (such as emergency room visits being replaced by urgent care visits). VOI looks at the broader views of the plan like increased loyalty, employee retention and boost in employee morale.

After plan evaluation, many employers are reporting lower healthcare costs, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and improved health risk assessment data.


Download the Workplace Fitness Matters Infographic.

Workplace Fitness Matters - Infographic

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1Global Wellness Institute’s 2016 Future of Wellness at Work Study


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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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