When your wellness director is Dr. Michael Roizen, it’s not a surprise. The Cleveland Clinic announced that it is partnering with Weight Watchers to provide their services free to Clinic employees who want to use it. In addition, the Clinic has banned trans fats from its menus and no longer hires smokers. All of these policies are excellent and should be a model for other employers. After all, since large employers typically bear much of the cost of healthcare increases, so they should also have a big stake in lowering those costs. It’s good business and in this case, it should help thousands of people get healthier and fitter.
My employer, in concert with other members of its healthcare consortium, has initiated a wellness plan and I quickly volunteered to serve on the committee. Now we have a model in the Cleveland Clinic. In this day and age, I don’t see how large employers cannot emphasize health and wellness, if anything for the sake of the bottom line.