One Solution to Helping to Curb Rising Health Care Costs: Reducing Employee Absenteeism Through Preventative Medicine

John Bloomhall, President & CEO of Diamond V, launched Embria Health Sciences after a pilot study revealed several Diamond V workers had unusually strong immune systems. Now, in response to recent CDC workplace research, Bloomhall offers insight to help other companies positively impact their bottom line.

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John Bloomhall, President & CEO, Diamond V. Diamond V launched Embria Health Sciences in 2007.

Businesses bottom line is affected each year by employee health, but the good news is that the emerging area of preventative medicine may provide some real solutions for companies turning to corporate wellness and other cost-containment programs.

Ankeny, IA (PRWEB) May 15, 2013

Employee personal and family poor health reduces productivity in the workplace and is costing employers an estimated $1,685 per year per employee, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthy Worksite research. This includes chronic diseases, obesity, and typical absenteeism, but cannot account for additional losses from under-productivity due to minor illness.

A business's bottom line is affected each year by employee health, but the good news is that the emerging area of preventative medicine may provide some real solutions for companies turning to corporate wellness and other cost-containment programs. One contender is producing remarkable results in an Iowa city.

Founded in 1943, Diamond V is the largest, most respected microbial fermentation product manufacturer in the world, producing a fully fermented yeast culture that quickly set the standard for the livestock industry. The fermentation products improve animal health, but after evaluating long term and immediate effects on humans, insurance records proved those who interacted with the product had 40 to 60 percent lower health care claims than other companies in the same region.

A pilot study commissioned by Diamond V was launched to compare the immune systems of the manufacturing and office personnel. The results revealed the manufacturing workers had stronger immune systems when comparing relative Natural Killer cell activity, levels of secretory IgA (sIgA) and levels of pro-inflammatory complexes.

Following the study, Diamond V launched Embria Health Sciences and in 2007 opened an office and manufacturing complex to produce a fully-fermented product specifically developed for people. The product they manufacture is EpiCor®. In 2010 the City of Ankeny, IA, Embria’s hometown, approached the company about a trial with EpiCor® to attempt to decrease doctor’s visits from city employees.

EpiCor® was administered to more than 100 City employees during height of cold/flu season. In the span of 6 months, the City’s human resource department noted a 28 percent year-over-year decrease in employees’ doctor’s visits for cold, flu and upper respiratory illnesses. Offering the supplement to employees was also inexpensive and pain-free for the HR department, as it was all done through an online tool.

The City of Ankeny continues to offer the EpiCor® program to employees in 2013, and delivers results each year that prove preventative health measures (e.g., dietary supplements like EpiCor) reduce absenteeism and improve productivity. It decreased health care costs and off-set the number of sick day’s employees typically took in the past. Implementing preventative healthcare programs is easy using companies like Embria, and is not just smart corporate wellness, it’s smart business.

About Embria Health Sciences
Embria Health Sciences is dedicated to the creation of science-based, all natural ingredients that support human health. Our ultimate goal is to provide products that help people stay healthy and maintain a high quality of life so that they can continue to enjoy the things they love.

About EpiCor®
EpiCor is an all-natural nutritional dietary health supplement that helps support the immune system. It is a complex, nutrient-rich ingredient comprised of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Taken daily, EpiCor has been shown to be a safe and effective way to help support immune health and maintain wellness.


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