Employer Pays Employees To Lose Weight in the US

“Immuno Laboratories has developed a program to increase the health of employees by providing a financial incentive to either lose weight or lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that healthy employees can lead to reduced healthcare costs and increased productivity.

Fort Lauderdale, FL (1888PressRelease) March 04, 2009 – In response to spiraling healthcare costs and the challenging economy, Fort Lauderdale based food sensitivity testing lab, Immuno Laboratories, has created the “Slim, Trim, You Win!” employee wellness program. This program not only helps to potentially reduce corporate healthcare costs by making a more “healthy” employee, but also provides employees with the opportunity to earn extra income.

The “Slim, Trim, You Win!” program will commence on March 1, 2009 and go through Memorial Day. Employees can choose whether they want to improve their weight or lower their cholesterol. For those choosing weight, at the start of the program they will participate in a weigh in. For those choosing HDL/LDL cholesterol levels, an initial blood test will be provided by the employer to determine base lines. Employees have the opportunity to earn $10 for either each pound lost or every point their cholesterol levels drop.

The “Slim, Trim, You Win!” program will be supported by a corporate intranet site full of information to help the employee determine body type, eating and exercise plans. Employees are also provided with a personalized portal to track their weight loss over the term of the program.

Worksite wellness programs are becoming increasingly popular as statistics are showing the many benefits, not only for the employee, but for the company as well. A review of 73 published studies of worksite health promotion programs published in the American Journal of Health Promotion shows an average $3.50-to-$1 savings-to-cost ratio in reduced absenteeism and healthcare cost*.

*Aldana SG. Financial impact of health promotion programs: a comprehensive review of the literature. Am J Health Promotion. 2001;15(5):296-320;

(source: http://www.1888pressrelease.com/employer-pays-employees-to-lose-weight-pr-103653.html)

Richard Reid is the founder of Pinnacle Proactive, Specialising in the Employee Assistance ProgramStress ManagementStaff Retention & Absenteeism. Take a Proactive Approach to Growing Your Organisation & its People. For more info visit http://www.pinnacleproactive.com

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