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For Immediate Release
July 16th, 2014
Contact: Deb Millsap (239) 252- 8220

Free Wellness Program Offered to Community

Collier: How can a wellness program help the community? When 58% of adults are overweight or obese this unhealthy weight puts a majority of our community at risk for many serious health conditions that include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, most of which are preventable. Even if weight is not an issue, there are behaviors including use of tobacco, not getting enough sleep, being sedentary and others which increase one’s risk of illness. An unhealthy population is expensive to the wellness of a community, let alone to individuals and employers.

The community can take charge of its health; studies have shown, whether to an employer or to an individual, there is a cost savings when they participate in wellness programs:

27.8% reduction in sick leave
28.7% reduction in health costs
33.5% reduction in disability and worker’s compensation costs
A savings of $5.50 in cost for every dollar invested

If an individual uses tobacco, there are additional costs on an annual basis:

Sick days $517
Smoking breaks $3,077
Healthcare Costs $2,056

The Florida Department of Health in Collier County is offering a free four-week wellness program. The program is designed to raise awareness about making healthy choices and adopting healthy behaviors. It is modeled on behaviors we already take part in on a daily basis and after four weeks individuals will be able to highlight areas of improvement for long term health benefits. The goal of this program is to improve eating, exercise and other habits through education by providing a stimulating program designed to get people engaged. To learn more about how to implement this free program with your family, business, community group or faith-based organization, call Deborah Chesna, 239-252-2594 for more information.

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