Employee Health Affect More Than Just Medical Costs

A healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Did you know that between 70 to 90 percent of health care spending is caused by preventable, modifiable health risks?

In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • 59% of employees do not get adequate exercise;
  • 50% or more have high cholesterol;
  • 27% have cardiovascular disease;
  • 26% are overweight by 20 percent or more; and
  • 24% have high blood pressure.

Unhealthy lifestyle choices often lead to chronic diseases, costing businesses more than one trillion dollars in lost productivity! This is why workplace wellness is such a hot topic . . .  promoting healthier behaviors can really pay off.

here are many types of wellness programs, but the essence of these programs is the same: To encourage individuals to take preventive measures to avert the onset or worsening of an illness or disease and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

But how can you change behaviors? Employers may use a wide range of wellness initiatives such as smoking cessation programs, flu shots and health fairs, gym memberships, newsletters, and more. While some businesses have instituted very comprehensive wellness programs, others have achieved savings or increased productivity with just a few simple activities that promote healthy behaviors. What’s most important is to commit to wellness promotion in the organization. 

The Florida League of Cities has developed a workplace wellness program, Hometown Health, that is geared specifically toward Florida municipalities. This program, along with the expertise of the FMIT’s in-house wellness coordinators, will ensure a successful wellness program that will fit and benefit your city.

For more information on the Hometown Health program, contact Florida League of Cities wellness coordinators Gwen Knight or Lindsey Fisher at 

Lindsey Fisher is a wellness coordinator for the Florida League of Cities.