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An Industry First: New Cooper Health Company Makes Group Employee Benefits Consulting and Wellness Program Design a Package Deal
Date:10/26/2007

the wellness offerings also change.

"Cooper Aerobics Center has been the proven leader in preventive medicine for more than 37 years. Who else is better positioned to help companies connect employee health with corporate health," said Tyler Cooper, M.D., M.P.H., staff physician at Cooper Clinic and president of Cooper Life health and wellness residential community at Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. "Through Cooper Benefits, companies are more able to control spiraling health care costs and employees become healthier. That means increased employee attraction, retention and morale, as well as increased productivity and less absenteeism. Everyone benefits."

New IRS regulations are also making it easier by allowing companies to change the Health Insurance Premium differential among employees based on wellness program participation. And the IRS is now allowing corporate tax credits for companies offering wellness programs.

Alliance Systems in Plano has experienced firsthand the effects of what Cooper Benefits can provide companies. Last year Alliance linked its health insurance premium subsidies to a new wellness program. Approximately 70 percent of the company's 140 employees participate in the wellness program, which includes health risk assessments, educational seminars, and even the creation of their first-ever 5K walk. Executives also attended a "Fit to Lead" program.

"After watching my employees' health decrease and my heath care costs increase, I knew there had to be a better way," said John Shapiro, CEO of Alliance Systems. "Cooper Benefits addresses these problems by providing a broad solution top to bottom. They helped restructure our health insurance and implemented an employee wellness and rewards program. As a result, I've saved money, but more importantly, I've provided employees a better place to work and helped them become healthier."

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