June is Professional Wellness Month, which was created to highlight the importance of well-being in the workplace. Companies that offer wellness programs know that when employees live healthier lives, they also increase employees’ worth in the marketplace, add value to the company and help employees become more productive workers. Healthy employees also reduce health care costs for the company. While wellness programs have been around for a while, data shows that programs need to do more to integrate wellness into the overall medical plan by empowering people to understand their health and how to interact with doctors and share in the decision-making process about their care. Robin Marcus, associate professor of physical therapy and chief wellness officer for University of Utah Health Sciences, is available to discuss what wellness professionals are learning about these programs and what changes might be seen in the future.
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