By Jessica Firger
Americans spend a huge chunk of their lives at work, often far more than the traditional 40 hours a week. Many experts say the workplace has more influence on our personal lives than we may wish to believe, and a company’s culture caneven impact how long a person lives.
A new report released today by the Vitality Institute, a global research organization to promote preventive health care, argues that businesses — especially Fortune 500 companies — should be held accountable for the health of their employees.
It says the U.S. could save as much as $217 billion to $303 billion in health care costs if private businesses work alongside government programs to bolster efforts for preventive health. It argues that if companies adopt incentive wellness programs for employees, they won’t just improve the health of the workforce — they’ll also increase their bottom line.
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