David Patterson explains Obesity Tax

Patterson addresses obesity epidemic head on when he presented the state budget last Tuesday and proposed a tax on sugared beverages like soda. Research has demonstrated that soft-drink consumption is one of the main drivers of childhood obesity. Read more 

Here is NYS Gov. David Patterson:

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Hewitt Data Reveals Little Change in U.S. Health Care Cost Increases for 2009

This Hewitt report indicates that the average health plan increases across the U.S will average between 6%-7% for 2009 with several exceptions for metropolitan areas that experienced increases as high 11%.  

 

Jim Winkler, North American practice leader of Hewitt’s Health Management Consulting business states “The “Employers continue to diligently manage health care costs through a combination of approaches, including continued cost shifting, tougher negotiations with health plans, and expanded health and wellness programs with incentives to encourage behavior change.

 

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10 Reasons to Start a Corporate Wellness Program

Human capital accounts for up to 90% of your corporate assets.  Your success in this world economy is contingent on the performance and productivity of each and every employee.  With an aging work force and age being a significant risk factor associated with health and disease your compromising your ability to compete today and tomorrow.  You must consider closely a Corporate Wellness Initiative. 

Below I have outlined 10 reasons to consider why? 

1. Wellness Programs impact medical trend immediately

2. Reduce Medical Costs

3. Reduce Absenteeism

4. Reduce Presenteeism

5. Reduce Sick Leave

6. Develop Health Awareness and Responsibility

7. Reduce Disability Costs

8. Improve Top Line Revenue

9. Improve Workplace Morale

10. Improve Productivity

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