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

lood pressure, high cholesterol and a host of other conditions can have an impact, especially on prescription drug costs."

Michael Kelly, director of Health and Wellness Services, HealthCheck360, recommends companies incorporate health risk assessments into their employee health and wellness programs.

"Health risk assessment can help predict future health care costs beyond mere health claims," Kelly said. Employee productivity can decrease due to emergent medical needs from chronic illnesses or missed work from longer hospital stays, both of which aren't reflected in direct medical claims, he said. Kelly will explore the use of wellness programming to be more proactive to prevent these indirect health care costs.

The Illinois Society of Human Resource Management also runs a workplace wellness website -- http://wellness.illinoisshrm.org -- that provides resources to HR executives and business owners. ISC-SHRM worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to develop the website.

The Conference is co-sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and the

Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Advanced Media Network, LLC

About ISC-SHRM

The Illinois State Council for the Society for Human Resource Management (ISC-SHRM) is dedicated to serving the needs of SHRM chapters in Illinois by representation to SHRM and assistance in achieving each SHRM Illinois Chapter's highest potential.

The ISC-SHRM promotes professionalism in human resources and adds value to the SHRM membership. The ISC-SHRM Board is made up of volunteer representatives across Illinois who serve to advance the human resources profession.

ISC-SHRM supports over 9,400 human resources professi
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