Employees spend approximately 36% of their total waking hours at work, making the worksite an ideal place to provide workers with the knowledge and skills needed to help improve personal health behaviors.
Personal health behaviors, and the associated health risks, can be very costly. Recent research found that 10 modifiable risks accounted for 25% of medical expenditures. Other studies have linked health risks to increased absenteeism and decreased employee productivity. Solid research has shown that comprehensive wellness programs can yield a return on investment (ROI) of nearly $4 in reduced healthcare costs for every dollar spent (WELCOA, 2002).