Naperville, IL (PRWEB) December 23, 2009
In response to statistics that show that wellness initiatives in companies have resulted in decreased absenteeism and lower insurance premiums, Trager Healing Center is implementing a new therapeutic lifestyle program, called FirstLine Therapy, to local businesses.
Now more than ever, businesses may take advantage of this service, because a recent Health Care Reform Bill includes grant money to businesses to help offset the costs associated with wellness programs. Section 112 of the House bill allows the labor and health secretaries to award grants to small businesses to cover 50 percent of costs associated with wellness programs. The bill states that these programs could include services ranging from health screenings to counseling to online programs and deal with issues like obesity, stress management and depression.
According to experts, for every $1 spent on a wellness program, a business saves $3 in reduced claims. But, businesses have been reluctant to spend the money on a wellness program because insurers have not responded with a direct premium reduction.
But this may be changing. 10 years of research has determined that Company Wellness Programs can offer significant savings to businesses and offer improvement in employee productivity and work rates. An article in the San Francisco Chronicle noted that Blue Cross of California was willing to cut premiums by 10% for a company that had instituted a wellness program. When you are looking to lower premiums, consider instituting a wellness program, documenting the plan, and ask about a premium reduction.
An extremely effective wellness program that can be implemented into any business is FirstLine Therapy, now being offered for the first time by Trager Healing Center. Firstline Therapy is a therapeutic lifestyle change program that targets underlying causes of chronic illness. Chronic illnesses like hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes care the leading causes of skyrocketing health care costs. FirstLine Therapy incorporates a sensible eating plan, exercise, nutritional supplementation, and stress management in a program that is easy to adopt and maintain.
“This wellness program is so much more than a fad diet. It is truly life changing!” according to Dr. Kim Trager of the The Trager Healing Center of Naperville, Illinois. “It works well for any size company or individual desiring optimal health. The ability to measure and chart progress is helpful for successful lifestyle changes, you can see your results in print.”
The Trager Healing Center has implemented FirstLine Therapy in several companies in the Chicago suburbs.