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What Can an Employee Wellness Program Do for Your Company?

by | Feb 02, 2011
The Chamber is always looking for ways to bring valuable, innovative ideas to our members and the business community at large. These ideas could help your bottom line, improve employee morale, or just add a new and inventive twist to your business. A company-sponsored wellness program for employees is one of the most groundbreaking ideas we’ve heard lately.

At our upcoming CEO Speaker Series, Timothy Dickman, president of QuadMed, will share the story of how print company Quad/Graphics developed its own onsite clinics for employees. Since launching in 1990, QuadMed has become a national model for employee wellness and reduction in health care spending.

By employing its own physicians and operating an onsite laboratory, pharmacy and rehabilitation center, QuadMed has provided positive ROI to the company’s bottom line. QuadMed has resulted in a healthier workforce through an incentivized wellness program called Lean You, while also touting per-employee health care spending 30 percent below their state average and single-digit annual health care cost increases.

What can wellness programs do for your company? Let's use the Lean You program as an example. Recognizing that being overweight can lead to a host of health problems such as diabetes, hypertension and certain types of cancer, QuadMed instituted this program to encourage not only weight loss, but also smoking cessation and early screenings for cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer and diabetes for employees as well as their spouses. Those enrolled in the program must log at least three exercise sessions per week. Employees who meet all the milestones are eligible to receive a $250 check toward out-of-pocket health care expenses and are enrolled in a drawing to win a trip to Disney World.

During the initial enrollment exams for Lean You, QuadMed providers found four cases of cancer and several employees with high blood cholesterol, hypertension or diabetes. This early detection gave the affected employees a big advantage in treatment options and recovery. Lean You netted the company a positive financial return of nearly $2 million in its first year alone.

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, Timothy Dickman will present case studies and provide real-life examples of how workplace wellness programs can pay off for your company. The program will close with remarks from Healthy Nashville, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office that aims to continually improve the health and quality of life of all Nashvillians.

We hope to see you there. Click here to register.
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