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Newly Published Study Demonstrates Return on Investment for Employee Wellness Program
Date:2/11/2008

being of their workers, they are looking for evidence that programs will benefit their employees and their health care expenses. Highmark conducted this study to provide the scientifically sound evaluation employers are seeking and encourage the adoption of worksite wellness programs similar to its own.

"This study is impactful because we illustrate the real savings of a comprehensive wellness program and show that it not only helps to improve the health of employees, but also slows the rate of health care cost increases while generating a positive return on an employer's investment in the program," Day added.

At Highmark, employee wellness is a primary component of the company's culture. Employees are encouraged to participate in a variety of wellness and condition management programs and regularly attend onsite fitness center facilities. Highmark also promotes employee participation in Lifestyle Returns, a program that provides incentives for members to engage in healthier living and receive preventive care.

Having seen successful results for its own employee population, Highmark will now look to partner with businesses that provide Highmark health care coverage and wellness programs to implement similar evaluations.

The study and its complete results can be found in the February 2008 edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

About Highmark Inc.

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.6 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states th
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