The financial health of corporations in all sectors of the work force has been adversely affected by the spiraling cost of health care. This cost can be directly attributed to the increased number of working Americans that are suffering from obesity and overweight health. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, “the majority of Americans are overweight or obese.” Obesity is the number one healthcare concern in America and this health crisis has become a national pandemic where rates of obesity continue to grow exponentially every year.
How does that affect America’s workplace? Studies show that overweight and unhealthy employees have lower productivity, higher absenteeism and higher health care costs. In addition, medical benefits can cost up to 52% more on average for an overweight employee.
More than 150 million adults in the US are overweight or obese and the number of Americans with diabetes has increased 44 % in the last 10 years, according to the Center for Disease Control.Businesses should take note that there is a 56% increase in health care spending for obese individuals when compared to healthy weight persons. Studies have shown 77% higher medication spending and 36% higher inpatient and outpatient spending. Across the board there is 45% more inpatient days and 48% more medical expenditures costing over $5,000. Most shocking is the alarming statistic that over 300,000 people die every year because they were overweight and/or obese. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 67% of adult Americans are classified as overweight or obese and the National Business Group on Health reports the annual medical cost for an obese woman totals $2,485.
In an effort to help South Florida employers manage soaring health insurance premiums, Gabi Rose launched a new Corporate Wellness Program designed to assist employees in achieving and maintaining healthier weights and lifestyles. The program features customized weight loss solutions tailored to each client’s individual goals. On-site weight management, professional fitness training, medication (when necessary), counseling in behavior modification, lifestyle changes and low-calorie diets are all available.
How does obesity affect the American workplace? Studies show that overweight and unhealthy employees have lower productivity, higher absenteeism and higher health care costs. In addition, medical benefits can cost up to 52% more on average for an overweight employee.The Gabi Rose Corporate Wellness Program helps provide the right combination of education, professional services and financial incentives to create a positive environment for all involved. The Gabi Rose weight loss program is highly effective in helping people lose a significant amount of body weight. In most instances, clients are able to decrease their medication levels for a variety of troublesome illnesses. For instance, if an individual loses 5% of body fat, they can significantly improve their chance of never suffering from health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The result of losing body fat provides significant benefits to overall employee health and longevity plus a substantial reduction in medical costs.
The Gabi Rose program is available to all employees; on site presentations provide the latest information on weight management and supply easy to understand principles regarding weight loss. Gabi Rose workshops keep employees equipped with the most current techniques’ for continued success.Employers who integrate a corporate weight loss program into their company will reap substantial benefits such as; reduced healthcare cost, increased employee attendance, improved productivity and morale, as well as injury and disease prevention. Overall, employee satisfaction and retention will advance the company’s professional image.
Our physician, Dr. Elisabeth Cohn-Gelwasser,MD is board certified and has specialized training in bariatric medicine. She is an expert in the field of internal medicine, obesity and weight loss management. She is qualified in diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, and other weight-related disorders. Gabi Rose and Dr.Cohn-Gelwasser are both members of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and Obesity Action Coalition. The professional staff at their office is highly trained to help employees successfully reach healthier weight levels while maintaining their healthy levels long-term.