Economic Benefits of Exercise
THE ONLY REAL CURE FOR THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS IS PREVENTION.
Unhealthy Employees Cost Your Company a Lot of Money
According to the comprehensive California study on Economic Costs of Physical Inactivity, Obesity and Overweight (2005), the incremental cost to the employer of a physically inactive worker is $2,400/year; and $3,270 for an obese worker.
|Risk Factor Population||Incremental Incidence||Cost/Employee/Year*|
*Cost: Medical 50% / Productivity 50%
**Rate of obesity is growing at 4.5% per Year
The Real Cost of Being Out of Shape
Increased Corporate Fitness can solve workplace issues caused by inactivity and poor overall health:
- Physical inactivity results in the loss of 162 productive hours (approximately 20 days) per worker for an average statewide cost of $8.6 billion annually.
- A recent study of 1.5 million adult health plan members found that total annual health plan expenditures attributable to physical inactivity were $83.6 million.
- Indirect costs of poor health such as absenteeism, presenteeism, and disability may be 2 to 3 times higher than direct medical costs.
- Employees with weight problems incur 36% higher annual health care costs for primary care visits and 105% higher pharmacy costs for managing chronic conditions caused by their weight (such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes).
Call today to learn about how our corporate fitness programs can save your company money and make your employees more productive.
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