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Introducing Wellness Programs Into The Workplace

Ismael, Samy (2013) Introducing Wellness Programs Into The Workplace. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Since the early 1960’s the number of sedentary occupations has increased from 50% to 80%. A venue where people could be active during a large portion of their day is no longer functioning as it once had. Workplace wellness programs can counteract these effects. Wellness programs in the workplace have a multitude of benefits including improved health, increased productivity and morale, and decreased absenteeism and presenteeism. The public health benefit of these programs is the prevention and/or reduction of highly disruptive and costly lifestyle-related conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes mellitus. Longitudinal studies of 1.5-2.5 million members have shown these programs to improve outcomes including reducing health care costs through reduced utilization and better compliance with chronic disease management. By providing opportunities for improving health, employers may see a flattening or even decreasing trend in medical expenses. The results of this include decreased out of pocket health spending for employees and reduced insurance premiums for employers for their insurance rates, and health insurance providers. This essay provides insight on the importance of workplace wellness programs. Also addressed in the essay are suggestions for how an employer or organization can begin to incorporate a wellness program where one did not previously exist. Various options are available and some are even free of charge to anyone who chooses to take advantage of the opportunity.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Ismael, Samy
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairDonohue, Juliejdonohue@pitt.eduJDONOHUEUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBarchowsky, Aaronaab20@pitt.eduAAB20UNSPECIFIED
Date: 6 December 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: No
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 21:14
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2021 10:56

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