Health Care Costs

Health Care Costs

Widespread health issues related to chronic diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes are doubling insurance premiums and reducing quality of life. Increasing activity can be the answer.

WalkingspreeRegular physical activity is probably as close to a magic bullet as we will come in modern medicine. If everyone in the U.S. were to walk briskly 30 minutes a day, we could cut the incidence of many chronic diseases 30 to 40%.Walkingspree

—Dr. JoAnn Manson, Chief of Preventive Medicine, Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Everywhere you turn, another study warns about the dangers of high blood pressure and diabetes, the risk of heart disease, and the epidemics that are plaguing our nation – obesity and inactivity.

Because of these widespread issues, we have seen insurance premium double and our quality of life decrease.

The average annual employer health insurance premium for family coverage has doubled in 10 years to $15,073 in 2011

70% of all deaths are related to chronic diseases

75% of all health care costs are due to chronic diseases

Costs are Staggering

According to a study from RTI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obese individuals spent $1,429 (42%) more for medical care in 2006 than did normal weight people (Source: CDC press release dated July 27, 2009). In addition, the Physical Inactivity Cost Calculator states that the lost productivity cost of a physically inactive employee earning $30,000 per annum is $2,471 and likely to incur $180 in medical care costs.

In summary, the medical cost of obesity is over $1,400/year and the productivity cost of inactivity is nearly $2,500/year.

Walking is the Solution

A proactive wellness program that focuses on increasing activity and managing weight can attack these problems. And the single most effective action one can take to improve one’s overall health is to walk 30 minutes a day. As a matter of fact, it is the #1 health initiative prescribed by medical professionals.

An employee who walks regularly can cut as much as $1,500/year from your benefit costs. An overweight employee who slims down can mean added savings. Reduced blood pressure or cholesterol readings can save on pharmacy expenses. Regular physical activity can slow future health claims for heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Walkingspree’s success is the result of an improved wellness culture, measurable outcomes, and built-in fun to engage and motivate.

Our results-oriented physical activity program:

Achieves 50-70 percent participation

High year-over-year retention rates

ROI ranging from $2 to in excess of $9 for every dollar spent