Corporate Health

Evidence shows that workplace health programs have the potential to promote healthy behaviors; improve employees' health knowledge and skills; help employees get necessary health screenings, immunizations, and follow-up care; and reduce workplace exposure to substances and hazards that can cause diseases and injury.

The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight. (1)


If offered an incentive, nearly three-quarters (73%) of American workers would enroll in employer wellness programs. (2)

In a 28-week study, employees who participated in an incentivized weight loss program lost an average of 5.2 pounds more than those in an unincentivized weight loss program. (3)

(1) 2011 Survey by Workplace Options Eric A. Finkelstein, Justin G. Trogdon, Joel W. Cohen and William Dietz Annual Medical Spending Attributable To Obesity: Payer-And Service-Specific
Estimates Health Affairs, 28, no.5 (2009):w822-w831 (published online July 27, 2009; 10.1377/hlthaff.28.5.w822)
(2) 2011 Survey by Workplace Options
Lahiri, S, & Faghri, PD, (2012)
Cost-effectiveness of a workplace-based incentivized weight loss program, Dept of Economics, University of Massachusetts Lowell