Saturday, May 21, 2011

Health of U.S. workforce declining


Why does this not surprise me?  We are working more and not 
taking  care of ourselves, and is it a wonder that we are less healthy? 
When money gets tight we quit going to health clubs and stop taking 
vitamins and supplements.  
Think about what we  "do and don't" spend our money, 
always try to put your health first!
All the best,
Lou & Debbie

Health of U.S. workforce declining


The overall health of U.S. workers with employer-sponsored 
health coverage declined by 2% between 2005 and 2009,
and each worker costs employers about $670 in health care
costs annually,according to Thomson Reuters

The index examined employee wellness by looking at six risk 
factors: body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood glucose 
level, cholesterol, and tobacco and alcohol use. 
The study found that about 14% of incremental direct health 
care costs were linked to these six factors. 

High BMI cost  
employers about $400 per worker, while high blood glucose 
levels accounted for $150 per worker. The findings indicated 
that cholesterol, alcohol use and blood pressure did not 
affect health care costs, but tobacco use cost about $100. 
The costs were associated only with medical and prescription 
drug costs, and not missed work or disabilities 

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