Why Use a Wellness Program?

With the Affordable Care Act and its health promotion initiatives, worksite wellness can be expected to grow. Here are some facts industry.

  • Employers will spend an average of $521 this year, per employee on wellness-based incentives, which is double the per employee average of $260 in 2009.
  • Wellness is growing. Recent surveys reveal that 67% of employers had a least one wellness program in place this year, which is up from 45% in 2010.
  • 77% of mid-size market employers plan to offer wellness-based year. Compare this to the 38% of mid-sized offered in 2010.
  • Employers differ on which programs are essential, but biometric health screenings and health appraisals are frequently cited as cornerstones of wellness programs.

In the most comprehensive worksite wellness study to date, RAND Corp. stated in their 2013 final report: “Consistent with prior research, we find that lifestyle management interventions as part of workplace wellness programs can reduce risk factors, such as smoking and increase healthy behaviors such as exercise. We find that these effects are sustainable over time and clinically meaningful. This result is of critical importance, as it confirms that workplace wellness programs can help contain the current epidemic of lifestyle-related disease, the main driver of premature morbidity and mortality as well as health care cost in the United States.”