Prevention Means Business

Healthier communities mean healthier businesses: A healthier workforce brings higher productivity, fewer work days missed and lower health insurance costs.

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Skyrocketing health care costs and escalating chronic disease rates place a huge economic burden on America’s business owners—yet 75% of America’s health care costs come from diseases that are preventable. Health matters in the workplace: A healthier workforce brings higher productivity, fewer work days missed and lower health insurance costs.

Creating a healthier workplace makes a difference, but healthy people live in healthy communities—and businesses flourish when they help build healthier communities, too. Prevention Means Business, a new infographic  and brief produced by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the American Public Health Association, graphically illustrate the connection between healthy places and thriving businesses.

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Resources for businesses

  • The ACA increases health insurance premium discounts an employer can extend to participating employees from 20 percent to 30 percent by 2014, and as high as 50 percent under certain circumstances. []
  • The ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund authorizes $200 million in grants through 2015 to help small employers (fewer than 100 employees) implement wellness programs.
  •  The Prevention and Public Health Fund also creates healthier communities by increasing access to healthy food, physical activity and smoke-free places.

Infographic References


Poor Health is Bad Business

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Prevention Pays at Work

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Henke, R.M., Carls, G.S., Short, M.E., Pei, X., Wang, S., Moley, S., Sullivan, M., & Goetzel, R.Z. (2010). The relationship between health risks and health and productivity costs among employees at Pepsi Bottling Group. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 52(5), 519–527. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181dce655

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Healthy Communities=Healthy Businesses

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