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Date:9/8/2008

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-- 11 percent of participants realized a decline in body mass index

"This recent study confirms that our programs not only help employees improve their long-term health, but also help employers reduce their overall health care costs," added Sabin. "Sutter Health Partners is truly a partnership between employees and their workplace. By working together employees can improve their health and employers can help moderate the rising costs of health care -- and even pass those savings along to their hard-working staff."

A recent report by the Integrated Benefits Institute concluded medical costs (direct expenditures) are the "tip of the iceberg and represent only 26 percent of the total health care costs; fully 74 percent of the costs are indirect" (these include: lost productivity, subpar quality, temporary staffing, absenteeism, employee and customer dissatisfaction, presenteeism and turnover/replacement training expenses).

Sutter Health Partners was a 2008 finalist for the prestigious ABBY award as part of the 10th annual Adaptive Business Leaders (ABL) Innovations in Healthcare event. Sutter Health Partners was nominated for the award, which honors health care providers executing innovative and successful approaches to enhancing quality and affordability in health care.

Live Well for Life - Real Results

Kurt Wetzel, a Sutter Health employee, hoped Sutter Health Partners could help him lose 55 pounds. Five months after his wellness coach helped him create a tailored weight loss program, Kurt was not only 42 pounds lighter, but also healthy enough to no longer need high blood pressure medication. "What I really like about Live Well for Life is that it's all about balance and not making drastic changes that I can't sustain," said Wetzel. "It's a great way to ease into a healthy lifestyle. Not only do I feel physically healthier, but I find I have more energy and manage stress more effectively. However, the greatest be
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