The Affordable Care Act will encourage employers to expand incentive programs like cash and games. Some studies back their efficacy. Yet some experts claim incentives undermine personal responsibility rather than encourage it.
Many small businesses are wondering how to have an impact on employee health and productivity. One Oregon company is now teaching its employees tips for healthy eating and offering discounts on local fresh produce.
A study conducted in 2011 indicated that 2.4 million people were identified as having a chronic disease after having a routine eye exam. Employers offering vision benefits saved $4.5 billion in health care costs because of early detection, according to the study conducted by the Human Capital Management Services Group, a consulting firm for VSP.
About half of the U.S. population will experience a traumatic event, and though a far smaller percentage will develop PTSD as a result, services are usually available to employees who experience trauma.
Some 6 million seniors employ in-home caregivers for daily assistance, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Yet many in-home caregivers struggle to make ends meet. More than 90 percent are women, nearly half are minorities, and 40 percent rely on Medicaid and food stamps.
Unlike its predecessor the pedometer, which tracked only steps and whose data couldn't be uploaded or easily shared, the accelerometer monitors steps, distance and calories burned. It even tracks sleep.