New Initiative To Improve Employee
Health And Battle Chronic Disease
new employer outreach initiative geared specifically toward the health
of employees both in and outside of the workplace was launched by
HealthyFresno, a community-wide health, wellness and disease prevention
a way to battle the high rates of chronic disease in Fresno County,
Calif., HealthyFresno was established by America’s
pharmaceutical companies and local healthcare partners at the Ted C.
Wills Community Center. The new initiative, organized by a group of
leading local employers, concentrates on providing employees with
preventative information concerning the chronic diseases that most
likely target employees, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
chronic disease is a big concern in the business community because
businesses cannot be healthy without healthy workers," said Deb
Nankivell, executive director of the Fresno Business Council.
"HealthyFresno’s employer outreach initiative gives us the
tools and resources to address the problem head on, so that we can help
Fresnans lead healthier lives in and outside of the workplace."
to the organizers of HealthyFresno, the initiative is
necessary for Fresno; where the community spends about $2 billion every
year on chronic diseases, mostly due to reduced productivity and lost
work days resulting from employees’ chronic health problems.
to the Partnership for Prevention, much of business’
healthcare spending goes to dealing with employee’s
illness after it happens. More than 95 percent of the nation’s
health expenditures – including most
of the billions of dollars employers spend on health coverage –
is committed to diagnosing and treating disease
only after it becomes apparent.
the new initiative, HealthyFresno:
employees about chronic disease prevention and management strategies;
employers with information about how to enhance wellness in their
guidance on how to encourage employees to enhance their personal health
and wellness on and off the job; and
access to online tools, including the personalized health assessment
and diet and fitness trackers available at www.HealthyFresno.org
employer outreach program has the potential to significantly improve
the health and lives of employees and their families and the community
as a whole," said Sharon Brigner, a registered nurse from the
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. "We hope that
local employers will join HealthyFresno’s effort to help
lower absenteeism and increase productivity among theiremployees."
more information on HealthyFresno, call (866) 458-4937 or visit www.HealthyFresno.org