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PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook®:Health and Wellness Programs

by | Apr 2, 2010 | PKF Texas - The Entrepreneur's Playbook®

Note: Running Fridays in FromGregsHead.comis a continuing series of tips brought to you by Greg Price. These run Saturday mornings during the BusinessMaker’s Radio Show on KPRC 950AM. Audio files can be found on the PKF Texas – Entrepreneur’s Playbook® page of the PKF Texas website. 

Beyond benefits like health insurance, what programs does your company have in place to promote the health and well-being of your team members?

According to a study done by the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, employers who invest in worksite health promotion programs, can see a return of $3-$6 for every dollar invested over a 2-5 year period.  Documented savings are observed in medical costs, absenteeism, short-term disability and worker’s comp claims.

Here are several ideas you can use to create your health and wellness program:
• Negotiate with a local gym for a reduced membership rate for your employees
• Provide healthy alternatives to junk food in your office vending machines
• Add a health tips section to your internal firm newsletter
• Distribute pedometers and hold a walking contest, giving a prize to the employee who takes the most steps over a defined period of time

Health is a topic of conversation everywhere you go these days, what are you going to do to make sure your company is a part of that conversation?
 

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