|Post by Aisha Taylor|
The overall health of an employee can have a drastic impact on whether or not that employee sustains a work-related injury. Preexisting diabetes, obesity and mental illness can largely increase the lifetime cost of a claim resulting in increased indemnity and medical payouts for the insurers, increased insurance premiums for the employers and increased disability for the injured employees.
In order to improve the overall health of employees and to help minimize the cost associated with health-related workers’ compensation claims, many companies have initiated wellness programs. The purpose of a wellness program is to establish a work environment that promotes healthy lifestyles, decreases the risk of disease, boosts morale and increases productivity. The economic rewards of wellness programs are two-fold, the cost-savings in application and turnovers, as well as the savings created by reduced healthcare claims. According to WellnessProposals.com, one study showed that implementing a worksite wellness program lowered sick leave by 28%, lowered the use of healthcare benefits by 26%, and it lowered employee’s compensation claims by 30%.
Collins & Lacy is in the second year of its Live Well 24/7 wellness campaign. Since the implementation of the program, employees of our statewide law firm have stepped more than nine million steps and lost more than 100 pounds. The firm also has provided employees with several health initiatives, including educational luncheons on weight management, nutrition, heart disease and stress management, gym membership discounts and smoking cessation programs.
Collins & Lacy strongly believes having a healthy workforce benefits its employees by improving their overall quality of life. It also benefits the firm by helping control insurance costs and the potential risks associated with pre-existing medical conditions. Are you doing your part to keep your company well?
Join the Fight
You can encourage your employees to join the fight against diabetes and mental illness and participate in the Frye Foundation’s 2nd Annual 5K Run/Walk Challenge Series on October 6, 2012 and November 10th, 2012 at Memorial Stadium in
The Frye Foundation was created by South Carolina Track and Field Coach Curtis Frye to raise money and scholarships for research on diabetes and mental illness and this year’s 5K Run/Walk Series is presented by Gatorade. I am a member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Columbia, S.C.
|Join the Frye Foundation 5K Challenge Series|
I invite you to join in support of Coach Curtis Frye and Gatorade in pursuing their mission to create a healthy
by bringing awareness to the importance of hydration to high school athletes as well as those affected by heat-related illnesses exacerbated by diabetes, obesity and other health conditions. Participants are encouraged to attend both the Challenge Series Warm-Up on October 6, 2012 and the Challenge Series Championship Race on November 10, 2012. This event kicks off the Frye Foundation’s third full year in existence and is the lead up event to the 3rd Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, which will be in May 2013. America
You can find more information on the Frye Foundation’s website at www.thefryefoundation.org or with Strictly Running at www.strictlyrunning.com.
for information including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.