by Gregg O. Lehman
A culture of health is coming into its own across corporate America.
Driven by increasing health care costs and an obesity epidemic that fuels chronic illnesses, corporations are examining their core cost drivers and have arrived at a workable strategy: create a culture that promotes better health across the total employee population.
Health care premium costs increased 54.9% between 2002 and 2006, more than four times the overall rate of inflation. But the medical cost trend is moderating, in part because employers are shifting their focus to a total healthapproach to benefits. Three out of four companies now offer health management programs to their employees.
It’s expected that the health-cost growth trend will continue to decelerate in 2008. One factor is an employer trend to implement a more holistic approach to health benefits with a focus on prevention and lifestyle factors.
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