"For every $1.00 a company spends on a worksite wellness program, the ROI is $3.27," said Russell, who went on to explain how important that is because the U.S. has spent $55 billion dollars on missed disease prevention opportunities.
Current American Heart Association president and chair of the UAB Department of Epidemiology , Donna Arnett , Ph.D., spoke on the importance of worksite wellness as well.
"With 80 million people employed in the U.S., worksite wellness programs can provide the framework for sustainable cardiovascular health," Arnett says.
"We are all on a continuum of health — from poor to intermediate to ideal," Arnett said. But "while 39 percent of people believe they are in ideal health, really only 1 percent are," she went on. "If they would just take simple steps — quit smoking, eat healthier and get more physically active — they could work towards ideal health."
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About the blogger: Nicole Wyatt, email@example.com , is a media specialist in the UAB Office of Media Relations. Her beat includes the School of Public Health, School of Optometry, and areas in health care and medical research.