A new study in ACOEM found that employees who participate in a workplace weight management program – even those without significant weight loss – have reduced health care costs and improved quality of life. Researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha analyzed the effectiveness of a weight management program for University of Minnesota employees. The analysis included data on about 1,500 individuals over three years. The results showed lower health care expenditures for weight management program participants, compared to nonparticipants. Annual savings were $838 per participant including employees, spouses, and dependents, and $876 for employee participants only. There was no significant difference in work absenteeism.
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