Employers Fight War Against Fat
January 2008 | Employee Benefit News
January is the month when many people set fitness goals and resolve to lose weight, with varying degrees of success. Since overweight and obesity remain widespread, many employers are using disease management programs and incentives to encourage their workers to lose weight.
"Obesity management is being incorporated into existing disease management programs for diabetes and heart conditions. In the future, disease management programs will be offered with obesity as the primary condition. Disease management programs for obesity are few and relatively new," observes Sue Frechette, a principal consultant at Northfield Associates, a Warren, Vermont-based consulting firm.
Healthy Programs Help the Bottom Line
Wellness programs like health coaches can help improve member wellness and ultimately, help members be more productive in the workplace.