Companies Sponsor Workouts for Employees to Reduce Health Costs

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:21pm

What if part of your day included a workout with a personal trainer?

With soaring medical benefit costs, many companies and businesses are doing all they can to save a buck. Bridgepointe Education is one of a growing number offering fitness and wellness programs free to employees through the work day. For the companies, the hope is that it shapes up the bottom line.

It's also turned into a business opportunity for fitness companies who are taking their classes on the road.

"The goal of this program is to really energize an employee population. It's to enhance a company's culture. It's to tell employees, 'Hey, you can live a healthier lifestyle and have a corporate job," says personal trainer Emit Sangani.

According to a 2010 Harvard Business Review study companies with wellness programs saved six dollars in health care for every dollar invested. More than half of their employees converted to low risk status.

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