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Wellness study shows prevention programs work, save money

Wellness study shows prevention programs work, save money



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- With health care costs skyrocketing, a new study shows that wellness programs can ward off illness and save corporations plenty of cash.

The study from Brigham Young University professor-turned-wellness consultant Steven Aldana found that for every $1 spent on a well-designed wellness class, companies save $3.50 in health care costs. Another $4 is saved in reduced absenteeism.

Aldana's study will be published next month in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.

The study evaluated performance outcomes of 211 participants in the Illinois-based Coronary Health Improvement Project during 2002. After 18 months, 63 percent exercised more and 78 percent ate less fat.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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