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Video: Worksite Wellness Programs Lower Healthcare Costs, Make Employees Healthier
Date:9/30/2009

Senate Finance Committee bill. Employers who choose to offer healthy lifestyle behavior incentives in the workplace, such as wellness credits and financial incentives, should provide these directly to the employee. In the context of health reform and employer-based health insurance, the association opposes financial incentives that are attached to healthcare premiums or health status.

"The current health care debate has challenged us to think about ways to reduce medical spending which in part shifts the focus to prevention," said Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. "This report reinforces the tremendous opportunity we have in health care to further encourage and create incentives for employers to establish evidence-based worksite wellness programs that will reduce health care costs and improve the health of the American workforce. It used to be that every good thing begins at home but in today's more challenged economy, the focus needs to include both the home and worksite if truly meaningful improvements in health are to occur."

Co-authors are: Laurie P. Whitsel, Ph.D.; Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D.; Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D.; Richard Milani, M.D.; Charlotte A. Pratt, Ph.D.; and Gregory R. Wagner, M.D. Author disclosures are on the manuscript.

To read the complete Circulation policy paper visit: http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192653

For more on AHA's advocacy efforts for worksite wellness visit: www.americanheart.org/workplacewellness

To view the complete list of 2009 Start! Fit-Friendly Companies visit: www.startwalkingnow.org

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