A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine demonstrated that “small businesses can realize a positive ROI from effective risk reduction programs.” The study included 2,458 employees from 121 businesses and tracked 10 modifiable health risks through a pre- and posttest methodology. The employees participated in a comprehensive worksite health promotion program, and risk reductions were entered into a return-on-investment (ROI) simulation model.
Reductions were recorded in all 10 risk factors examined:
- Obesity (−2.0%)
- Poor eating habits (−5.8%)
- Poor physical activity (−6.5%)
- Tobacco use (−1.3%)
- High alcohol consumption (−1.7%)
- High stress (−3.5%)
- Depression (−2.3%)
- High blood pressure (−0.3%)
- High total cholesterol (−0.9%)
- High blood glucose (−0.2%)
The ROI model estimated medical and productivity savings of $2.03 for every $1.00 invested.