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Employee Wellness Programs Demonstrate Positive Return on Investment for Businesses
Date:7/23/2009

The 10th Annual Conference and Exposition of the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management--HR: Building Bridges to Success" in DeKalb, Ill. July 23-24

DEKALB, Ill., July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many executives and business owners are gradually realizing that employee wellness programs that help workers lose weight or quit smoking, for instance, also create robust return-on-investments. Two speakers at an upcoming conference being held in DeKalb, Ill., believe these programs are not only good for workers; they are good for business, too.

There are two sessions on employee wellness programs scheduled for the 10th Annual Illinois Human Resources Conference and Exposition on July 23rd and 24th,( ) organized by the Illinois State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Don R. Powell, PhD., president and CEO, American Institute of Preventive Medicine, Farmington Hills, Mich., advises companies to consider how comprehensive a wellness program should be for their company.

"HR managers should consider issues such as maximizing employee participation, involving dependents, teaching wise consumerism as well as online employee wellness programs that manage chronic diseases," Powell said.

Powell pointed out that successful employee wellness programs receive an average ROI of $3.48 to 1 due to reduced health care costs and $5.82 to 1 due to reduced absenteeism, making them worth considering.

"The data show that wellness programs can have an impact on health care costs," said Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois senior vice president Dieter Freer. "Our experience at Blue Cross is that wellness programs targeting lifestyle factors that contribute to diabetes, high b
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