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Beyond Wellness Implementing a well-being program can positively impact your bottom line. By Kelli Radi

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s business owners, healthcare and wellness take on a whole new perspective, especially in relation to the bottom line. Small businesses grapple with rising healthcare costs and the complexities of the Affordable Care Act. Some are seeking relief through worksite wellness programs, which historically have been the domain of larger companies.

ROI Wellness programs often combine education, health screenings, and incentives for employees to exercise, eat, and live healthier. The payoff is a healthier workforce, decreased

absenteeism, lower healthcare costs, and reduced insurance premiums. Dani Berg, certified health and wellness coach and worksite wellness specialist for HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics, cites recent studies of the effectiveness of corporate health programs. These studies demonstrate significant cost reductions such as 28 percent reduction of sick days, 26 percent drop in health care costs, and 30 percent reduction in workers compensation and disability management claims. “Looking at companies who’ve implemented wellness

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January/February 2017