Corporate Wellness

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Quick facts

Overweight individuals 1 spend $2,326 more on healthcare than their lean counterparts over a span of 3 years. 2 You could save an average of $775 per year in healthcare with the Diet Science Leader® Corporate Weight loss Plan

The total cost of obesity to U.S. companies as a result of lower productivity and absenteeism is estimated at $73.1 billion per year. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims, had seven times higher medical costs from those claims and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness than did non-obese workers. 3

Obesity’s effect on your bottom line

cw_bargraphThe federal government understands the importance of corporate wellness programs and has charged employers with two objectives as part of the Healthy People Program:

To combat the obesity epidemic, many companies are investing in Corporate Wellness Plans. Corporate Wellness Plans are an investment in your company’s most important resource: your employees. They can:

  • Decrease healthcare and insurance costs
  • Decrease absenteeism
  • Lower Workers’ Compensation costs
  • Lessen short-term disability
  • Enhance performance, productivity, and morale
  • Improve ability to attract and retain key personnel
  • Promote greater employee loyalty
  • Improve public image of the company
  • 75 percent of all employers, regardless of size, providing wide reaching corporate wellness


Notes and Citations

[1] Overweight individuals with a BMI equal to or greater than 27.3.

[2] (2008, March 10). Obesity a More Costly Workplace Health Issue Than Smoking.
Retrieved from Consumer Affairs website.

[3] Obesity and Workers’ Compensation. Results from the Duke Health & Safety Surveillance System.

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