Wellness Programs Work

American Heart Association Announces Start! Fit-Friendly Companies

Last update: 5:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 25, 2008

Survey of Employees Proves Worksite Wellness Programs Work

More than 900 businesses across the nation have been recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program for promoting physical activity and health in the work place — a 20 percent increase over last year. Start! is the American Heart Association’s national initiative to get Americans walking. Most adult Americans spend a majority of their waking hours at work — many in sedentary careers — increasing their risk for medical problems such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.
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Wellness programs have increased in popularity in recent years because they are economical and efficient ways to help offset increasing employee healthcare costs, according to an American Heart Association survey.

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