STUDY SHOWS WELLNESS PROGRAMS REDUCE HEALTH RISKS

Combine with home exercise for greater compliance

Participants in comprehensive workplace wellness programs achieve a significant reduction in health risks in as little as 18 months, according to a study conducted by the Principal Financial Group last fall.

Almost all wellness program participants showed some improvement in health risk status.  The study, which tracked 12,000 adults enrolled in Principal wellness programs over a two-year period, monitored several key indicators of metabolic syndrome including blood pressure, waist circumference, triglycerides and tobacco use.

Employers have limited benefit dollars and healthcare costs are often their most pressing concern, so employers need to look for the greatest return on their investment. The study results reinforce the benefits to employers who offer comprehensive wellness programs.

Not all employers have onsite exercise facilities and between work, family commitments, general access issues and membership costs, exercising at a gym may be a larger burden for some employees.  For many employees, home exercise helps them be more compliant with wellness goals.   So, how do employers encourage more of today’s diverse workforce to participate in companies’ wellness programs?

Employee purchase programs can help jumpstart any home exercise program by making it easy for workers to get the products they need to stay focused on their fitness goals. Purchasing Power’s fitness equipment offerings include treadmills, elliptical trainers and exercise cycles.  By making manageable payments over just 12 months through automatic payroll deductions, employees can purchase fitness equipment, many with extended warranties and virtual personal training accessories included.

Click here to learn more on how Purchasing Power can support HR objectives.

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