What's Your Stress Number(TM)? The February 2011 Report on the New Health Metric by The Oxygen Plan

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In an ongoing study of Stress in America, The Oxygen Plan reports February findings of The New Health Metric, The Stress Number™. Since September 2009, over 38,000 respondents have completed the revolutionary online Stress Test by The Oxygen Plan to measure their home, work and social stress. Stress is on the rise and stress in one life dimension - home, work or social - impacts the other dimensions and individual health, wellness, employee engagement and productivity.

Stress: Brutal Facts- The Oxygen Plan

Never before has it been possible to measure, compute, report, trend or aggregate a stress metric as it relates to personal health or organizational cost.

The Oxygen Plan Corporation reports the February 2011 findings of the new health metric - The Stress Number™, after over 38,000 respondents have completed the 30 question The Oxygen Plan Stress Test. To assess individual stress, there were 10 questions for home, work and social. The scoring for each question ranged from 0 - 100, whereby a score of 0 means extreme stress (red), to 100, meaning stress free (green).

Key February Findings: “The New Normal"
Things seem to be improving since the end of 2010. “We see modest improvements for home and work lives since December and no change in social lives, says Dr. Donald E. Williams, board-certified clinical health psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology/ABPP), and Chief Science Officer, The Oxygen Plan, "The current data provide good news and bad news. The aggregate Stress Number™ for home and work are up since December of last year - that's the good news. The bad news is that all numbers are still yellow indicating stress and its ill effects on our home, work and social lives - and our health - remains a serious issue."

For employers, that translates to a cost of $4,888 per employee per year. In the work place, stress manifests in lost productivity, absenteeism, presenteeism, group health expense, employee turnover and disability expenses. The total annual economic impact of stress in the U.S. is $400 Billion.‘

'Never before has it been possible to measure, compute, report, trend or aggregate a stress metric as it relates to personal health or organizational cost,' says Dr. Williams. Now, we are able to assess stress, calculate the Stress Number™, provide The Oxygen Plan program and re-measure stress for individuals or organizations. 'The Stress Number™ is a significant development in the field of health metrics.' 'We feel the Stress Number™ should be used to help individuals and organizations manage health and health care costs – just like blood pressure and body weight," adds Eric Lucas, Founder and CEO of The Oxygen Plan. 'Because stress in the home or social life impacts employees at work, and vice versa, it's in employers' best interest to know the aggregate Stress Number™ for their employee populations. Now they can establish a baseline, implement programs toward improvement, and reassess their employees.‘

About The Oxygen Plan
The Oxygen Plan is an online behavior change program that helps organizations reduce the costly and negative effects of stress in the workplace and at home, including increased healthcare expenses, chronic medical conditions, mental health issues, absenteeism, productivity losses, and reduced employee engagement. The company's patent-pending stress management system teaches individuals to recognize the sources and symptoms of stress and provides them with tools and information for effectively reducing and avoiding stress. For more information, attend the webinar or visit The Oxygen Plan.

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