The economic benefits of worksite wellness programs

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dc.contributor.author Lynch, Krista en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-25T21:49:45Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-25T21:49:45Z
dc.date.issued 2014-04-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/17579
dc.description.abstract Comprehensive worksite wellness programs were first introduced in the United States in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with the goals of improving health, reducing health care expenditures, and demonstrating senior management’s commitment to the health and well-being of workers (Ozminkowski et al, 2002). As the annual cost of employer-sponsored family health coverage increased four percent between 2012 and 2013 (Kaiser Family Foundation, 2013), many companies are turning to worksite wellness programs. Wellness programs have shown not only to reduce health care costs, but also decrease absenteeism and increase employee satisfaction. The studies on the benefits of wellness programs are not conclusive; there seems to be a general lack of good data collection and analysis. This report discusses what determines an employer’s likelihood of offering a wellness program, what determines an employee’s participation in a wellness program, and a benefits analysis of wellness programs. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Wellness program en_US
dc.subject Worksite en_US
dc.subject Employer sponsored en_US
dc.subject Economic benefits en_US
dc.subject Obesity cost en_US
dc.subject Absenteeism en_US
dc.title The economic benefits of worksite wellness programs en_US
dc.type Report en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Economics en_US
dc.description.advisor Dong Li en_US
dc.subject.umi Economics (0501) en_US
dc.subject.umi Health Care Management (0769) en_US
dc.date.published 2014 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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