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Physical Inactivity in U.S. Running up a Hefty Price Tag

08/09/16

  10:03:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 234 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Incentives, Cancer, Cost savings, Heart, Research, Diabetes

Physical Inactivity in U.S. Running up a Hefty Price Tag

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Sitting on the sofa all day may be relaxing, but it's costing our country a lot of money. According to Benefits Pro, a new study finds that physical inactivity costs the U.S. $27.8 billion annually, an amount researchers label a conservative estimate. But promoting wellness in the workplace can go a long way toward lowering the bill.

The researchers estimated the costs by looking at expenses, productivity losses, and disability-adjusted life-years for five major diseases related to inactivity — coronary heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer, and type 2 diabetes (which alone accounts for 70% of all direct health costs).

MedBen WellLiving focuses on all five of the diseases examined in the study, as well as other chronic conditions like asthma and bad cholesterol. By promoting preventive care and identifying high risks at earlier disease stages, we can greatly reduce potential health care costs as well as improve overall health, on both an individual basis and on a larger scale.

Closely tied to preventive medical care is fostering a workplace philosophy of healthier lifestyles. Simple things, like making fruit available for purchase in the lunchroom or sponsoring a companywide fitness event with appropriate incentives for participants, can make a big difference where costs are concerned.

MedBen WellLiving will work with your group to offer wellness services that encourage healthier lifestyles while improving your bottom line. Contact Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus to learn more.

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