Show Me the Money

Perhaps unsurprisingly in our culture, “dollars spent” frequently tops the variables considered regarding the health consequences of human behavior. Despite that bottom-line mentality, data quantifying the effectiveness of “lifestyle change” programs is sparse at best. A report from NPR caught my ear earlier this week which reinforced suppositions I’ve held for some time: that ultimately the return-on-investment is paltry at best for many so-called workplace wellness programs. Digging a little deeper, I found strong evidence that…deep breath…I may be wrong about that. Triple return isn’t too shabby, don’t you think? As health care costs continue to spiral ever-upward, sifting through the numbers would serve us all, as long as we balance hours scouring Google Scholar with some brisk walks in the open air. 

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