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Economic Analysis of the Return-on-Investment of a Worksite Wellness Program for a Large Multistate Retail Grocery Organization

Light, Emily M. W. MPH; Kline, Allison S. MPH; Drosky, Megan A. MS; Chapman, Larry S. MPH

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: August 2015 - Volume 57 - Issue 8 - p 882–892
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000486
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Objective: The objective of this study is to measure the return on investment (ROI) of the Price Chopper/Golub Corporation employee population who participate in wellness programs available to them.

Methods: Medical claims data, risk level, and presence of comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease were compared in a matched retrospective cohort of participants and nonparticipants, with 2008, 2009, and 2010 serving as measurement years. Program costs and estimated savings were used to calculate an ROI of $4.33 for every dollar invested in wellness programs.

Results: Reductions in medical costs were observed at several risk and participation levels, with an average savings of $133 per participant and a 3-year savings estimate of $285,706.

Conclusions: The positive ROI and savings estimate indicate that wellness interventions added economic value to Price Chopper/Golub Corporation.

From MVP Health Care (Ms Light, Ms Kline, and Ms Drosky), Schenectady, NY; and Chapman Institute (Mr Chapman), Lake Forest Park, Wash.

Address correspondence to: Emily M. W. Light, MPH, 625 State St, Schenectady, NY 12309 (elight@mvphealthcare.com).

There were no conflicts of interest with this study and there were no additional sources of funding other than salary expenses of the authors.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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