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Date:9/8/2008

Sutter Health Partners' Wellness Program Proves Cost-Saving for Employers

and Life-Saving for Employees

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kurt Wetzel lost 65 pounds in five months. Donna Rosenbusch, R.N., is completing triathlons. Marcia Augsburger is seeing decreased absenteeism and lower levels of stress and burnout among the attorneys and staff at the law firm where she is a partner. And a recent study shows that employers are seeing initial cost savings of approximately $1,000 per employee per year. This all results from participating in Sutter Health's employee wellness program -- Live Well for Life.

Live Well for Life is a comprehensive program that teaches healthy lifestyle behaviors. Employees team up with trained wellness coaches who provide direction and motivation as they work toward their health goals. Based on individual needs, participants receive anything from diet and exercise action plans, to stress management and work-life balance tools.

"Sutter Health Partners is building a culture of wellness," said Margaret Sabin, CEO Sutter Health Partners. "Over the past six years we have worked with several employers across Northern California to create tailored lifestyle management and wellness programs for approximately 20,000 people."

An analysis of Sutter Health Partners' Live Well for Life program -- modeled from data published by professional services firm Towers Perrin -- found that the estimated initial cost savings per employee per year is nearly $1,000. Clients who have implemented the Live Well for Life program report that many employees have realized major improvements in their health -- with a significant percentage moving from a high-risk to low-risk category within their identified condition.

Some specific clients' results include the following:

-- 25 percent of participants lowered their blood pressure

-- 27 percent of participants reduced their choles
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