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Wellness in the Workplace

Creating a culture of health in the workplace can help businesses save money and improve productivity.

A recent Harvard University study found that for every dollar they spend on wellness programs for workers, employers can reduce medical costs by about $3.27. To help local businesses benefit from these savings, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman introduced the Workforce Wellness Program, a new initiative promoting employee health.

“We’re partnering with employers in the Kaufman area to identify health concerns within their organizations,” says Pat Jackson, business and community relations specialist at Texas Health Kaufman. “Once we’re aware of health risks, we address them with education and prevention programs.”

Through the Workforce Wellness Program, Texas Health Kaufman provides health screenings and consults with businesses to determine which wellness programs can potentially benefi t their employees. Depending on the needs identified, programs may include smoking
cessation support, weight management, health education classes, individual counseling or other services.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, losses in productivity related to personal and family health problems cost employers in the United States about $225.8 billion every year. Wellness programs benefit employers and employees alike by potentially
lowering health care costs, reducing employee absenteeism due to illness and increasing worker productivity.

“Our mission is improving the health of the entire Kaufman area,” says Jackson. “This program is just one of many ways we reach outside the walls of the hospital to encourage a healthy community.”

To learn more about the Workforce Wellness Program, contact Pat Jackson at 972-932-7394 or visit TexasHealth.org.

(Spring 2012)

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