We have Fortune 100 companies to small businesses tell us this is their most successful health improvement activity… we’re delighted to support so many wellness programs and their participants
Midland, MI (Vocus) August 4, 2009
While the healthcare reform debate rages in Washington, businesses across the country have an effective, affordable way to reduce employee health risks and slow runaway healthcare costs. The answer? Walking.
A growing body of research documented in “Walking: The Health and Economic Impact” reveals significant benefits for individuals and employers, health plans, public health agencies, nonprofit institutions, and other organizations that support ongoing walking programs for workplace wellness. According to Health Enhancement Systems CEO Dean Witherspoon, “If the nearly 100 million inactive Americans over age 15 were simply to start a regular walking routine, we could lower healthcare costs in the US by $75 billion or more. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… the data on increased productivity, reduced sick time, and enhanced mental alertness is equally compelling.”
Supported by more than 40 studies, the paper highlights the personal rewards and business benefits of a work culture that supports regular physical activity, with walking as the centerpiece of these wellness efforts. “Here’s a simple, positive step organizations can take that costs only a fraction of what they pay for individual health benefits. And the return is almost immediate and long-lasting if the program is done well,” adds Witherspoon.
National Walking Month Campaign
Health Enhancement Systems is again offering their turnkey Walktober workplace wellness campaign as an engaging, easy-to-implement program for National Walking Month. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of walkers participate each year. “We have Fortune 100 companies to small businesses tell us this is their most successful health improvement activity… we’re delighted to support so many wellness programs and their participants,” notes Witherspoon.
For more information about Health Enhancement Systems, call 800.326.2317.