• More than two-thirds (68%) of American adults are either overweight or obese
      — Fas in Fat, Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2010
    • Mounting healthcare costs are eroding profit margins, and in some cases, threatening the survival of U.S. companies.
      — The True Cost of Poor Health, Mayo Clinic Health Solutions
    • Increasing obesity rates among employees was found to be the most important contributor to increased health care spending
      — The Workforce Wellness Index, JOEM Vol 53, Num 7, 2013 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
    • About a third of employees nationwide have at least one Metabolic condition—obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes—that can contribute to metabolic syndrome. People with metabolic syndrome are three times more likely to have a work-disabling event such as a heart attack or stroke.
      — IBI Sees Employers Shifting Attention in 2014 from Costs of Health Care to Managing Worker Health Jacy Bryla January 09, 2014
  • 58% of Colorado adults are overweight or obese
    — Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

Denver Employers – Did You Know:

    • This current adult obesity rate, which makes Colorado the "leanest" state in the nation today, would have made it the "fattest" state in 1995
      — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obesity Trends
  • Roughly 1/4th of the entire Colorado work force is obese
    • 22% of Coloradoans between the age of 26 – 44 are obese
    • 25% of Coloradoans between the ages of 45 – 64 are obese

Colorado State Obesity Data 2013

    • Per capita medical spending for obese individuals was an additional $1,429 (42 percent higher) compared to individuals of normal weight. This does not take into account costs or absenteeism and low productivity.
      — Cawley J, Meyerhoefer C. The medical care costs of obesity: an instrumental variables approach. J Health Econ. 2012; 31:219-30. 2006
    • On average overweight and obese workers have a productivity loss of 1.8% costing their employer $1,079 in annual productivity cost.
      — Mayo Clinic Health Risk Assessment Book of Business Data, 2006
    • Among overweight and obese adults, each one unit increase in BMI yields an additional $202.30 medical and drug costs annually
      — Wang F. "Association of Healthcare Costs with per Unit Body Mass Index Increase, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, July 2006, 668-74
    • In aggregate, the annual cost attributable to obesity among full-time employees is $73.1 billion … Conclusions: Successful efforts to reduce the prevalence of obesity, especially among those with a body mass index >35, could result in significant savings to employers.
      — Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: October 2010 – Volume 52 – Issue 10 – pp 971-976 doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181f274d2
  • 70% of workers snack during the day
    — CareerBuilder

Do you know how much weight gain is costing your company?
Are you feeding the problem?

    • Not all free food is created equal... Free diet and regular sodas and at work can contribute to up to 25 – 34 pounds of weight gain a year depending on size and body type
      — Fit Day, Want to Lose Weight Fast? Cut Out Soda from Your Diet
    • Pinnacol Assurance researchers found that employers saved an estimated $2.03 for every $1.00 they invested in the Health Risk Management program conducted May – December 2012 on over 2,458 workers at 121 small businesses
      — Truven Health AnalyticsTM, Pinnacol Assurance, the University of Colorado School of Public Health, and Trotter Wellness researchers
    • Forty-four percent more employees who work in an organization with a weak health culture reported not working as often as they should have "all" or "most of the time," compared with employees in organizations with a strong health culture
      — A culture of health creates competitive advantage Posted by Thomas Parry, PhD. March 23, 2014 Integrated Benefits Institute
    • "When employers understand that organizational factors influence not only the health of their workers, but also their performance and contribution to the company, they can take steps to improve the lives of their workers and their bottom lines at the same time"
      — Thomas Perry, PhD. A culture of health creates competitive advantage March 23, 2014 Integrated Benefits Institute
    • Employees in organizations with a strong commitment to a healthy workplace and a healthy workforce spend more time working, work more carefully, and concentrate better than employees at other organizations
      — Thomas Perry, PhD. A culture of health creates competitive advantage March 23, 2014 Integrated Benefits Institute
  • Wellness lives at the intersection of employees' personal goals and executives' financial ones.
    — Putting Human Back in Human Resources, HR's Role in Employee Wellness, Keas 2010