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U.S. Corporations Doing More to Promote Wellness

December 1, 2004
More companies are offering corporate wellness programs in 2004 than last year, according to the American Management Association.

The following chart shows the increased participation of companies offering programs such as smoking cessation over the past year.

Percentage of companies offering program

 

Exercise and fitness

Smoking cessation

Blood pressure management

Weight management

Stress management

Cholesterol management

Nutrition

2004

55 percent

49

49

47

46

43

39

2003

47 percent

41

36

34

33

27

25

Also, according to the management association, 45 percent of companies offer discounts or corporate memberships to health clubs. Nearly three out of four (74 percent) companies provide flu shots, but most canceled the programs this year because of the vaccine shortage.

The management association says that employees are attending wellness sessions--such as stress-management seminars--more often than last year. This comes despite the fact that only 35 percent of companies that offer wellness programs give employees incentives for participating.

Information and case studies on health risk appraisals, wellness, disease management and improving employees’ health are available online.