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November 4, 2004
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Are Sedentary Employees Sitting on Your Bottom Line?

Companies have a vested, interest in encouraging employees to become more active. Workplace physical activity programs improve job performance and the bottom line. A review of businesses with exercise programs showed benefits ranging from increased fitness, fewer incidents of back pain, and fewer health problems overall in those who were physically active.

Federal statistics estimate that 60% of American adults are not regularly active, and about 25% are not active at all. The research shows:

  • There is a 20% decrease in absenteeism when sedentary employees become fit.

  • Regular participants in activity programs incur 34% fewer medical costs per person, per year.
  • Estimates demonstrate that productivity increase by 4-15% with physically active employees.
  • Physical activity programs can reduce the incidence of injury by 25%.
  • Reductions in worker's compensation costs up to 45% per person can occur, if employees are regularly active.

Businesses of all sizes can benefit from an employee physical activity program. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that active employees are healthier employees, and play a positive role towards influencing the bottom line.

Wittmer, James F. Worksite Health Promotion, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 39(5):397-398, May 1997.

HERO Research Committee. The Relationship Between Modifiable Health Risks and Group Level Health Care Expenditures. American Journal of Health Promotion. 15(1):45, September/October 2000.

MediFit has the tools to meet your company and employees' needs

A leader in the design and delivery of onsite health promotion and fitness center management programs, MediFit works with employers to determine the best approach for meeting their health and fitness objectives. From a facility-based program to reaching dispersed employee populations over the internet, MediFit professionals assess your organization's financial considerations, workplace environment and corporate culture to create an effective benefit for both your employees and your business.

Worksite Fitness Center Design & Management

From concept to creation, MediFit provides the tools to deliver innovation through our experience in fitness center design and management, customized for a corporate culture.

  • Design, Layout, and Equipment Specifications
  • Customized Programming and Management
  • Comprehensive Operations Management
  • Program Tracking and Evaluation
  • Desired Results

The Virtual Fitness Center (VFC) at

Getting your employees active may be just a click away! offers effective, online physical activity programs proven to develop or continue healthy, active lifestyles. Through a team-based approach, interactive website, incentives and a tailored support system, the Virtual Fitness Center at empowers your employees to take an active role in their pursuit of better health.

  • Supports an active corporate culture
  • Rewards employees who increase their physical activity
  • Offers daily logging and progress reports to encourage ongoing interaction
  • Creates opportunities for company-wide fun while increasing activity levels and healthy habits
  • Provides links to select health and fitness resources

Take your tour now at

Results that matter

Featuring two Fortune 500 companies, MediFit has demonstrated specific results to match the needs and requests of these companies.

Worksite Fitness Center Design & Management

With the MediFit standards of quality assurance led by a degreed professional team, the following results were received within one year of operation:

  • Increased membership penetration from 24.1% to 34.3%
  • Implemented over 20 new health and fitness programs with no additional charges to members
  • Savings achieved for this client was $8,000 per month
  • Client satisfaction was a 5 (highest rating)

The Virtual Fitness Center (VFC) at

  • A large US company with over 100,000 employees has seen a 67% participation rate in 2004 - this was accomplished by the supportive team environment of the VFC and the appropriate incentives to motivate the employees. The program is being evaluated for the following outcomes.
    • Increased physical activity
    • Improved healthy behaviors
    • Improved productivity
    • Reduced risk factors
    • Reduced health care costs
  • A small technology company has seen a 75% increase in participation in the Virtual Fitness Center during its second year of implementation. A program that grows with time.
  • In one VFC program participation increased from 11% - 41% in the "Action Stage" of physical activity behavior change.
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