Workplace Wellness Data
Chronic diseases related to unhealthy food options, tobacco products and lack of physical activity are one of the biggest drains on our nation’s economy. — The Prevention Institute
National costs of obesity and tobacco
- Employer health insurance claims for obesity and related chronic diseases: $93 billion per year.
- $1.3 trillion in other costs annually due to lost productivity, absenteeism.
- Obesity alone was responsible for 39 million lost workdays and 63 million visits to the physician last year according to the National Business Group on Health.
- Productivity losses due to heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes linked to poor nutrition are more than $9 billion each year.
(Source: Prevention Institute Making the Business Case: DCH Communications Network Meeting July 10, 2012)
Minnesota Worksite Wellness Survey 2012
In 2012, the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center conducted a statewide survey of worksite wellness practices and policies on behalf of MDH. Its purpose was to assess the prevalence and types of worksite wellness policies at worksites of various sizes throughout Minnesota.
- 87 percent of all worksites are receptive to worksite wellness policies
- 23 percent of all worksites — 55 percent of large worksites (100 or more employees) and 19% of small worksites (less than 100 employees) — have a worksite wellness program
- 15 percent conduct a health risk assessment
- Two-thirds have a written policy regarding tobacco use; however, less than a quarter of small worksites have one
- Only 26 percent — 23 percent of small worksites and 51 percent of large worksites — promote QUITPLAN, a free smoking cessation program
- Less than 7 percent have policies regarding nutrition, physical activity
The State of Worksite Wellness in America
In 2012, the Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota conducted a national and Minnesota survey of employers. Some key findings:
- More than 4 out of 5 businesses rate worksite wellness as very or somewhat beneficial
- Almost 9 out of 10 strongly agree or somewhat agree that worksite wellness initiatives help workers develop healthier lifestyles
- Almost 3 out of 4 strongly agree or somewhat agree that worksite wellness initiatives reduce absenteeism
- More than 3 out of 4 strongly agree or somewhat agree that worksite wellness initiatives increase worker productivity
- Almost 4 out of 5 strongly agree or somewhat agree that worksite wellness initiatives lower health care costs