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Worksite wellness promoted to business

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

November 13, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Public Health workers today taught government and industry ideas on wellness programs, to reduce health care costs in the workplace.

Health advocates say preventive medicine is something that all employers should teach their workers. They say businesses that enhance healthy lifestyles for their employees get paid back with more efficient workers and lower costs.

American Institute for Preventive Medicine Vice President Susan Jackson said "From smoking cessation to weight controll to stress management. Self care is a very big part of worksite wellness. And all these things can impact greatly on a person's health and their need for health care."

Jackson said an investment by businesses in wellness program will pay off with lower health insurance costs for the company.

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