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Trust for America’s Health Favors Worksite Wellness

Trust for America's Health (TFAH) released a new report, Healthier Americans for a Healthier Economy, featuring six case studies focused on the relationship between health and economic development. The report examines how health affects the ability of states, cities and towns to attract and retain employers, and how workplace and community wellness programs help improve productivity and reduce health care costs. This report lends credence to health club operators, especially those operating corporate or worksite facilities, who understand the economic importance of a healthy workforce.

“High rates of chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease, are among the biggest drivers of U.S. health care costs and they are harming our nation’s productivity,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, Executive Director of TFAH, and Chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in a press release. “Workplace wellness and community prevention programs are a win-win way to make a real difference in improving our health and bottom line all at once.” 

The full report is available on TFAH's website at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and W. K. Kellogg Foundation supported the report.



Employers Find Increase in Wellness Incentive "Most Beneficial" Element of Health Reform Law

Results from a recent survey by Lockton Benefit Group, the world’s largest privately held insurance broker, show that employers found the increase in employee wellness incentives to be the most beneficial element of the health reform law. This is promising data for the fitness industry as we near 2014, when employers will be able to offer an incentive of up to 30 percent of an employee's total healthcare premium, if the employee is doing everything asked to improve his or her health and reduce medical costs. The more employers recognize the cost-savings of a healthy workforce, the more health clubs will be sought out as resources for wellness. Learn more about how the health care reform law affects clubs at

Click here to review the complete results of Lockton's May 2011 Employer Health Reform Survey.


Federal Grants Available for Worksite Wellness  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of $10 million to establish and evaluate comprehensive workplace health promotion programs across the nation to improve the health of American workers and their families. Programs include allowing employees a more flexible schedule to make time for exercise, policies to reduce tobacco use and increase healthier food options in cafeterias and vending machines.

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June is National Employee Wellness Month

IHRSA is proud to participate in National Employee Wellness Month, which kicks off today, June 1, 2011.

It is a month-long initiative that helps business leaders learn how companies have developed successful strategies around prevention and good health. Learn more at National Employee Wellness Month.

Learn more about how IHRSA works to encourage worksite wellness at

National Employee Wellness Month is sponsored by Virgin HealthMiles, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.


IHRSA is Proud Supporter of National Employee Wellness Month 

June 2011 is the third annual National Employee Wellness Month and IHRSA is proud to announce their support for the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease’s (PFCD) important public awareness initiative.

Other 2011 supporters include Virgin HealthMiles, Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance and the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. National Employee Wellness Month is an annual initiative that helps business leaders learn how companies have developed successful strategies around prevention and good health.

Learn more about National Employee Wellness Month at     



April 6th is National Start Walking Day  

On April 6, 2011, IHRSA will be demonstrating their support for National Start Walking Day, sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the Start! movement and to give coworkers a friendly push toward a healthier life.

For more information, visit


Joe Moore on Health Leadership

Joe Moore on Health Leadership
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Joe Moore, IHRSA president and CEO that appeared earlier this week on the Washington Post website.

Employers must become part of the solution and help their employees become more physically active. After all, when employees become sick with chronic diseases brought on by unhealthy lifestyles, health care premiums rise and productivity drops. The associated economic burden falls not only on the individual, but on the employer and co-workers as well.

Business leaders are already becoming personally involved in the effort to promote physical activity and wellness. Take, for example, Lincoln Industries' Chairman and CEO, Marc LeBaron. Every year LeBaron leads Nebraska-based Lincoln Industries' people employees in a challenging climb up a 14,000 foot Colorado mountain. To qualify for the climb, which includes a paid day off, an all-expense paid Colorado mountain climbing expedition, and transportation and lodging expenses--a Lincoln Industries people employee must have participated in 75 percent of the company's wellness programs, which include tracking their physical exercise, smoking cessation, and health assessments.

Read the full article.

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