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Findings from R.Z. Goetzel and Co-Researchers Advance Knowledge in Occupational and Environmental Medicine

June 28, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week -- Current study results on Environmental Health have been published. According to news originating from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "To determine whether changes in health risks for workers in small businesses can produce medical and productivity cost savings. A 1-year pre- and posttest study tracked changes in 10 modifiable health risks for 2458 workers at 121 Colorado businesses that participated in a comprehensive worksite health promotion program."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research, "Risk reductions were entered into a return-on-investment (ROI) simulation model. Reductions were recorded in 10 risk factors examined, including 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%), and high blood glucose (-0.2%). The ROI model estimated medical and productivity savings of $2.03 for every $1.00 invested."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Pooled data suggest that small businesses can realize a positive ROI from effective risk reduction programs."

For more information on this research see: Estimating the Return on Investment From a Health Risk Management Program Offered to Small Colorado-Based Employers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014;56(5):554-560. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins -; Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from R.Z. Goetzel, Trotter Wellness Ltd, Sheboygan, WI, United States. Additional authors for this research include M. Tabrizi, R.M. Henke, R. Benevent, C.V. Brockbank, K. Stinson, M. Trotter and L.S. Newman (see also Environmental Health).

Keywords for this news article include: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States, Environmental Health, Investment and Finance, North and Central America

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Source: Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week

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