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10-20 Years of Extra Life− The Choice is Yours

Americans have more body fat and diabetes now, than at any other time in human history. Tobacco use, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are responsible for most chronic diseases and premature death. Unhealthy behaviors lead to elevated health risks. Elevated health risks lead to chronic diseases, health care costs and premature death. Unhealthy behaviors are at the very core of America’s poor health. Yet, adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors is hard to do. We live in an environment that discourages healthy living. Food manufacturers aggressively market unhealthy foods and we now have few opportunities to get physical activity. This means that most Americans have elevated health risks and most Americans will die of largely preventable chronic diseases.

The solution is to change the status quo. A healthy diet and regular physical activity can dramatically improve our health. The most current scientific research shows that those who adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyles can extend life by 10-20 years…10-20 years of high quality life. The amount of scientific evidence that supports the need for healthy behaviors is overwhelming, yet we struggle to change our behaviors.

Worksites, communities, schools, and even churches are helping individuals change the status quo by adopting healthy behaviors. In as little as 6 weeks, individuals who adopt healthy behaviors can significantly improve an array of health risks. We have the solution to poor health.

Participants will:

  • Learn how to extend the length of life by 10-20 years
  • Prevent most of the diseases physicians can only treat
  • Gain the knowledge, motivation, and skills needed to change behaviors
  • See how the only long-term solution to excessive body weight is lifestyle change.

Improve the Bottom Line by Improving Employee Health

Healthcare costs have never been higher and there is no end in sight. Almost half of CEO’s say that their biggest threat to profitability is the rising cost of employee healthcare. Most healthcare costs are caused by preventable chronic diseases. Employees with poor health behaviors develop health risks and eventually acquire common chronic diseases. By implementing health and productivity management programs employers are getting to the root of the healthcare cost problem. Learn how healthcare costs will only increase in the future. Understand what employee health and productivity programs are and how they work. See how they can reduce employee health risks, health care costs, worker’s compensation, and improve productivity. 32 different published articles show that these programs can improve the bottom line. For every dollar spent on employee health programs, $3.5 were saved from lower healthcare costs.

Understanding how health and productivity management programs can improve employee health and reduce employee related expenses can make the difference between declining profits and future growth and prosperity.

  • Learn how unhealthy lifestyles are the cause of much of America’s healthcare woes.
  • See how effective health and productivity management programs can improve employee health and lower employee related expenses  including workers’ compensation, disability, absenteeism, and health care costs.
  • See how healthy employees can have a higher quality of life and be more productive.

Culture Clash: How We Win the Battle for Better Health

Despite our worksite wellness efforts Americans are the fattest population in world history. And each year we get a worse. What is causing us to have such a decline in health? How do we stop it? Dr. Aldana will carefully connect the dots that show the cause and the only solution to our increasingly declining health. You’ll get 5 years of research and investigation condensed into a one hour presentation.

In this presentation you will:

  • Learn how the root cause of our poor health is our unhealthy culture.
  • See how individuals and organizations have been able to improve health by creating and living in a culture of health.
  • Understand and practice the three steps that are required before anyone can successfully improve their health.
  • Gain an completely new perspective on the cause and solution to our declining health.

Overcoming the Barriers to Improving Employee Health

Employer groups know employee health has never been worse and the cost of health care is unsustainable. Larger employers are using wellness programs to address both concerns. But small and mid-sized employers face many barriers to implementing effective wellness programs. In this presentation Dr. Aldana will show you how employers can overcome the major barriers to having a successful wellness program. In this presentation you will:

  • Learn how to effectively respond to common complaints about wellness programs.
  • Learn about specific tools and resources you can use to help employers overcome each of the barriers they fact to starting an effective wellness program.
  • See the recently published results experienced by small and midsized employers who have embraced effective wellness efforts.

The Truth About Return on Investment and Worksite Health Promotion Programs

Companies are always looking for ways to reduce employee-related expenses and many corporations and organizations are using health promotion programs as a reactionary effort to curtail ever-increasing, employee-related expenses of health care and lost productivity. Dozens of published scientific research articles have evaluated the cost-benefit of worksite health promotion programs and the majority show a clear and positive return-on-investment. Yet, many companies are hesitant to spend any money on employee health promotion efforts, raising the question as to why most health and wellness programs still struggle to get funding and support? Health promotion in the workplace can not only have a positive effect on your employees’ waistlines, but also a positive impact on your organization’s bottom line. During this in-depth session, learn how new information gained by researchers at Brigham and Young University provides additional evidence on why companies and public sector organizations should adopt worksite wellness programs to help their employees lead healthy lifestyles and how, by doing so, they can achieve and demonstrate a genuine return-on-investment (ROI). During this session, leading health promotion expert Steve Aldana, PhD, Director of Health Promotion Programs at Brigham Young University, will address:

  • How health promotion and worksite wellness can generate significant healthcare cost savings
  • Measuring the impact of absenteeism and lost productivity caused by unhealthy habits and lifestyle choices

Where the cost savings come from and why some health promotion programs fail to deliver a positive ROI.


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