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From Research to Practice: Healthfitness, Eastman Chemical Company Case Study Demonstrates Real-World Health Gains and Productivity Savings
Date:1/24/2008

CEO Gregg Lehman enumerates steps towards 21st century health benefit design in Jan. 30 audioconference

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- A 21st century approach to health benefit design is already reaping improved employee health and productivity, according to a new HealthFitness (OTC BB: HFIT) issue brief and upcoming audioconference featuring the company's president and CEO. HealthFitness is a leading provider of employee health management programs. Managing more than 400 fitness centers globally, the company also offers a suite of health management services on-site, Web-based and telephonically.

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An integrated approach to health benefits with a focus on prevention and lifestyle factors can move the needle towards lower corporate health care costs. A 2007 study fielded by the National Business Group on Health in partnership with Watson Wyatt Worldwide found that companies with the most effective health and productivity programs see superior financial returns and productivity improvements. (1)

HealthFitness is announcing a new issue brief spotlighting that approach. "Applying 21st Century Benefit Design: A Culture of Health in Action," features HealthFitness President and CEO Gregg O. Lehman, Ph.D. and David Sensibaugh, director of Integrated Health at Eastman Chemical Company. Sensibaugh relates the positive outcomes from Eastman's use of an integrated health management approach. The Kingsport, Tenn.-based manufacturer of chemicals, fibers and plastics employs some 9,000 employees at four U.S. locations and provides health benefits for an additional 7,000 retirees. The issue brief is available free of charge at http://www.hfit.com/briefs.cfm.

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