The latest news in the world of health is not coming from doctors or hospitals. Instead, it's coming from large employers: CVS and NBC. Both CVS and NBC have recently put a spotlight on health-related issues, but the reasons why couldn't be more different.
It's official. The United States is switching from getting well to staying well. And the reason for this sudden burst of transformation: It's not only better to stay well than to get well -- it's cheaper.
We believe it would be unfortunate if the idea that employee wellness programs bring no return on investment took hold and became conventional wisdom. These initiatives are critical weapons in the ongoing war against chronic disease.
A hard look at the evidence indicates that regardless of incentives provided by the new "law of the land," employee health and wellness programs are a positive intervention that benefits both individual health and corporations financial bottom line. So why aren't they everywhere?
If Wal-Mart is committed to helping families save money, they should start by giving their own workers access to affordable health care. Forget the Blue Bunny bars, Flipped Out Cup, and 5,000 scoopers.