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Corporate Wellness Programs That Work

Corporate wellness speaker Dan DeFigio is the director of Basics and Beyond fitness & nutrition, a health and fitness service based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has 20 years of experience designing employee wellness programs and speaking at health fairs around the country. His corporate wellness programs have been featured in The Costco Connection as an example of an effective company wellness initiative.

When done right, corporate wellness programs work. According to The Harvard Business Review, companies can expect

  • reduced absenteeism and presenteeism,
  • greater employee engagement and productivity,
  • less unscheduled paid time off,
  • fewer workers’ comp claims,
  • greater employee retention,
  • increased employee satisfaction and morale, and
  • demonstrable competitive advantage.

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Dan DeFigio, corporate wellness presenter

Corporate Wellness Presenter and
Amazon Best-Selling Author Dan DeFigio

Please email us for information on our corporate health and wellness programs in Nashville, or telephone (615) 386-0434.

Dan DeFigio is the Director of Basics and Beyond fitness & nutrition, and the author of Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies. Dan has been featured on CNN’s Fit NationThe Dr. Phil Show, SELF magazine, MD News,, Personal Fitness Professional, and a host of other radio, television, and magazine outlets. 

Corporate Wellness Presentations

We will customize your employee wellness program according to your needs and your budget. Here are some sample topics for presentations during a company health and wellness day:

Which exercises for which muscles, and which exercises can improve various movements. How to get an effective workout in a short amount of time.

Eating for body fat loss — low-carb unraveled.
Which supplements are helpful, and which are worthless.

Postural analysis and flexibility techniques to improve problematic conditions.

An analysis of several home fitness products, their potential uses, and the pros and cons of each.

Injury prevention techniques, and post-injury exercise advice.

Benefits of Corporate Wellness Programs

Companies are increasingly implementing corporate wellness programs in order to improve the overall health of their workers and to increase the bottom line. Companies that have implemented wellness programs are experiencing major benefits — from lower health care costs and reduced absenteeism, to greater productivity, higher morale — and a positive return on investment. Many companies are reporting double digit decreases in sick leave, hospital admissions, disability days and per capita workers compensation costs as a result of their implementation of a corporate wellness program.

Reduced Health Care Costs

Companies who implement wellness programs consistently find that their health care costs are reduced. There is also a significant difference in medical claims between exercising employees and non-exercising employees. RAND Corp found that on average, wellness programs decreased average health care costs by $30 per year per employee.

Fewer Workers Comp Claims

This study (Chapman 2012, Proof Positive. An Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness, Seattle: Chapman Institute) shows a workplace wellness program decreases workers compensation costs more than 40%, and saved $5.81 for every $1 invested in workplace wellness.

Increased Productivity

Medical professionals often recommend regular exercise to their patients as a means to improve one’s ability to perform, reduce stress, and to enhance one’s self-image. These improvements to the individual, and how they relate to improved job performance are sometimes hard to quantify. However, many organizations credit the implementation of corporate fitness programs for productivity gains in the following areas:

  • Improved Decision-Making
  • Improved Efficiency
  • Reduced Mental Errors
  • Reduced Employee Turnover
  • Improved Staff Quality
  • Decreased Absenteeism & Disability Time

Unhealthy employees cost the company money! Employees with health risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity, or a sedentary lifestyle, are more likely to incur medical expenses. And recent research has revealed that “psychosocial” risk factors are associated just as closely — if not more so — with high costs. One study showed the following results:

  • People who report being depressed have health care expenditures 70% higher than others
  • Those that say that they have a lot of stress, 46% higher
  • People with abnormal body weight, 21% higher
  • Smokers, 14% higher
  • People with elevated blood pressure, 12% higher
  • Sedentary lifestyle, 10% higher
  • Employees with multiple risk factors for heart disease, 228% higher
  • Those with multiple psychosocial symptoms had expenses, 147% higher

Given these statistics, it makes sense for employers to provide a means for employees to improve their health. The most effective way to reduce the costs of your health insurance benefits, while still providing comprehensive health care coverage, is to integrate a corporate wellness strategy into the health plan. Hundreds of studies have been published over the last 20 years on the cost-effectiveness of Corporate Wellness programs.

A major study of Citibank employees sought to determine the financial impact of a wellness program. The corporation realized a return on investment (ROI) greater than $4.50 for every dollar spent. Additional studies have shown similar results, with ROIs ranging from 3.40:1 to 4.75:1.

A review of 32 studies of corporate wellness programs found that for all participants included in the studies:

  • claims costs were reduced by 27.8%
  • physician visits declined by 16.5%
  • hospital admissions declined by 62.5%
  • disability costs were reduced by 34.4%
  • the incidence of injury declined by 24.8%

Besides the reduced use of health insurance, other benefits of Corporate Wellness programs include:

  • Reduced sick leave and absenteeism
  • Improved productivity
  • Reduced workers’ compensation claims
  • Fewer injuries
  • Attraction and retention of the most effective employees
  • Improved employee morale
  • Enhanced attitude of employees toward their employer


Workplace wellness programs can generate savings. Baicker K, Cutler D, Song Z.

McKesson Corporation’s Wellness Program – winner of the 2015 C. Everett Coop National Health Award for Excellence in Health Improvement and Cost Savings

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