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of Labor Statistics.
What attributes characterize a successful
corporate wellness program?
Corporate Wellness Program: Linking Employee and
Organizational Health. Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid
M. Richardsen. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
Publishing, Inc., 2015, 392 pp., $168 hardback.
Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen,
Corporate Wellness Programs: Linking Employee and
Organizational Health is a compilation of evidence-based
essays examining how employers can improve employee
productivity and reduce the cost of healthcare through
workplace wellness programs. Corporate wellness
programs are popular and widespread. As defined in the
book, a corporate wellness program is an “organized
employer sponsored program” that is designed to support
employees (and sometimes their families) as they adopt
and sustain behaviors that reduce health risks, improve
quality of life, enhance productivity, and benefit an
organization’s bottom line. These objectives are important
because the data presented in the book suggest that
lifestyle-related chronic diseases in the United States
account for 70 percent of the nation’s medical costs.
Individuals with unhealthy habits, such as physical
inactivity, poor diet, smoking, and excessive alcohol
consumption, have higher medical costs and face greater
health risks. Men and women also are getting less sleep,
and sleep-deprived employees are less productive and
more likely to make errors and be involved in accidents.
Corporate Wellness Programs focuses on the efforts
organizations can adopt to enhance the health and well-
being of their employees. Organizations invest time and
money in these efforts, in part because they benefit from
them in the long term. The concept of health includes
physical, mental, and social well-being and is linked to a
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