HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Poor health affects business bottom line, says HHS

WASHINGTON -- Chronic conditions like obesity and asthma cost U.S. businesses billions of dollars in health insurance costs and lost productivity, according to a report released Tuesday by the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 1994, obesity-related problems cost businesses an estimated $13 billion, and diabetes contributed to more than 14 million disability days nationwide, the study concludes. Cardiovascular disease, asthma and tobacco use are among the other conditions that have a significant effect on business' bottom line.

The negative economic effect of an unhealthy workplace has not gone unnoticed by all employers, however. The report singled out several corporate programs that encourage workers to better manage their diseases and adopt healthier behaviors.

"Smart business leaders increasingly are finding that it is the right decision to promote health education, physical activity and preventive benefits in the workplace," said HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson.

A recent review of health promotion programs offered by nine employers including General Motors and Procter & Gamble found that the corporations realized a significant return on their investments in employee health, receiving an average of $3.14 in benefits for every dollar spent on the programs.

The bulk of the study stressed the need to change individual attitudes and behaviors, calling them "the root cause of chronic conditions." But the report also acknowledged that people face "significant barriers [to change] in their social and physical environments."

Many of the corporate programs praised in the report rely on counseling, education and other interventions that target risky behaviors like smoking or lack of exercise. Some of the least expensive interventions appear to be the most efficient at changing health behaviors.

However, relatively little research has been done to determine if these programs will result in better health and fewe
'"/>

Contact: Becky Ham
bham@cfah.org
Center for the Advancement of Health
16-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study of energy and health in Africa focuses spotlight on charcoal and forest management
2. HIV testing should be routine part of primary health care for sexually active
3. Corrected metabolism leads to health benefits and weight loss
4. Hepatitis C and health-related quality of life
5. Improving access to healthy food has little effect on diet
6. NYU College of Dentistry study equates poor oral health with preterm birth risk
7. Mental health service costs offset by savings in other public sectors
8. Study finds factors linked to substance use disorder relapse among health care professionals
9. UW research shows risk factors for relapse among health care professionals who abuse drugs
10. Pushy parents can be bad for their childrens health
11. Strengths and failings of U.S. health care system are driven by embedded vested interests

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Poor health affects business bottom line says HHS

(Date:11/24/2014)... Dr. Michael Kettel , a leading fertility ... NBC to discuss egg freezing as a viable and increasingly ... the news recently, with new company benefits at Facebook and ... , “[The companies] see it as a way to take ... path.” Says Dr. Kettel. , Up until a few weeks ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... iFitDress.com, a well-known wedding dress manufacturer, has unveiled ... They are now offered at deeply discounted prices, up ... now to Dec. 15. The main purpose of the promotion ... high quality items are ideal options for ladies who are ... money. All its new mint cocktail dresses are very beautiful; ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... Tbdress.com has recently announced that its Special ... 2014. The special offer will provide ladies many gorgeous shoes ... the world’s largest women’s dresses retailers, and its shoes include ... great discounts on that day: Everything at Tbdress.com is up ... above $89). , People can use the following coupon codes ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close friends ... general peer group does, a new study says. ... and peers have an influence on individual alcohol use, ... the broader peer group and the friend group,s influence ... Indiana University,s School of Public Health, said in a ...
(Date:11/23/2014)... TX (PRWEB) November 23, 2014 ... market such as its significance, programs and manufacturing ... and Chinese suppliers major market gamers in information. ... information, item specifications, prospective, manufacturing value, and 2009-2014 ... research, the evaluation symbolizes the globally and Chinese ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Dr. Michael Kettel of San Diego Fertility Center Gives “An Inside Look at Freezing Eggs” on NBC 2Health News:Dr. Michael Kettel of San Diego Fertility Center Gives “An Inside Look at Freezing Eggs” on NBC 3Health News:Trendy Long Black Evening Gowns Now Provided By iFitDress.com 2Health News:Tbdress.com Special Friday Shoes Sales Online Now 2Health News:Close Friends May Be Key to Teens' Drinking 2Health News:Femoral Stems Industry 2014 Analysis & 2019 Forecasts for Global and Chinese Region in New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com 2Health News:Femoral Stems Industry 2014 Analysis & 2019 Forecasts for Global and Chinese Region in New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com 3Health News:Femoral Stems Industry 2014 Analysis & 2019 Forecasts for Global and Chinese Region in New Research Report at ReportsnReports.com 4
(Date:11/22/2014)... JUNCTION, N.J. , Nov. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... company commercializing its European Union approved CytoSorb® cytokine ... worldwide, was awarded the Beacon of Light Award ... Awards Celebration.  Dr. Phillip ... "It is an honor to be recognized by ...
(Date:11/22/2014)... , Nov. 21, 2014  Particle Sciences, ... devices, has developed and manufactured a new innovative ... the Research and Development arm of Exeltis Pharmaceuticals.  ... of Project Management at Particle Sciences, "This vaginal ... utilizing our material sciences and modeling expertise.  We ...
(Date:11/21/2014)... Calif. and VIENNA, Va. ... innovative in-home care provider that operates in ... a leading provider of remote caregiving technology. Alta will ... and existing client receiving homecare services. Logo ... this technology is the key to providing the kind ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:CytoSorbents Wins Beacon of Light Award 2CytoSorbents Wins Beacon of Light Award 3CytoSorbents Wins Beacon of Light Award 4Particle Sciences' Clinical Trial Supplies Group Manufactures Innovative Vaginal Ring 2Alta Home Care, Inc. and BeClose Partner to Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Homes Safely and Securely 2
Cached News: