Employees at New Jersey state agencies who want to get into better shape, live healthier and perhaps save taxpayers a few dollars in health care costs are participating in the Working Well New Jersey Fitness Challenge. Employees track their wellness and exercise efforts over a six-week period ending Nov. 3.
Employers that may want to consider a similar challenge can get information from the New Jersey Department of Personnel—even if they aren’t a state agency. Full details are available at www.state.nj.us/personnel/.
Here’s another reason to encourage employee fitness and health efforts: Health insurance costs continue to rise, outpacing inflation and wage increases.
According to the latest figures from the Kaiser Family Foundation, health insurance premiums for coverage provided by employers climbed 6.1% in 2007. In fact, the average family-coverage premium climbed to $12,106 per year, nearly matching the minimum-wage earnings for someone working 40 hours per week ($12,168).