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There are many reasons for the employees to get involved in a wellness program Whether they like it or not overall wellness will affect their everyday life at home as well as at work The fact of the matter is that people that are in good health are usually more coherent and are able to enjoy more out of life With more incentive going towards corporations paying subsidies to encourage employee participation there is increasing demand by employees to have a wellness program implemented A study of health risk data and medical insurance claims at a paper mill in Canton North Carolina revealed that the Canton employees who had taken part in a health and fitness programs spent an average of 30 less on medical claims than non-participants Having established a clear link between health and fitness activities and lower health care costs the Canton study led to refine and expand wellness programs The company took a closer look at all the issues that could affect job performance and determined that the company needed to broaden the concept of wellness to include mental and emotional health as well as physical well being In short the company began to recognize that each employee is a whole person who brings much more than job skills to work every day The company also began to understand that efforts at wellness promotion could only succeed by taking the needs of the whole person into accountFitness programs can reduce absenteeism There are many documented situations of fitness and wellness programs are effective In a one-year study of over 500 employees each took part in a work place fitness program The for each employee that worked out as little one day a week cut their average number of sick days in half from over ten sick days on average in the previous year without any activity to less than five in the following year The report also showed that the employees
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