Big Companies Leading the Way in Preventive Care


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Big Companies Leading the Way in Preventive Care

As more and more companies realize their employees’ health has an impact on the corporate bottom line, it’s becoming increasingly common for employers to offer workplace wellness programs. And as often happens with expensive initiatives, big companies are on the front lines of the revolution.

A Big Problem

As a nation, nearly three-quarters of our healthcare spending goes to treating chronic diseases. That’s a huge financial toll on its own, but considering how all those chronic diseases affect the workforce, the picture is even more disturbing.

1 in 2

American adults with at least one chronic illness (1)


Adults who don’t get recommended daily exercise (1)

1 in 5

Adults who smoke (1)

$1.3 trillion

Annual estimated cost to U.S. economy thanks to chronic conditions (cancer, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, pulmonary conditions and mental illness) (2)

What Employers Are Doing

Hundreds of companies offer workplace-sponsored programs aimed at maintaining healthy weight, general fitness, quitting smoking and more.


Employers with 200+ employees that offered wellness programs in 2009 (3)


Companies that offer incentives for employees who take part in programs to learn about their health status (4)

Of employers who offer incentives … (4)

Reward: 79%

Consequence: 5%

Mix of both: 16%

2 in 3

Employers that offer monetary incentives between $50 and $500 (4)

Does It Work?

What effect does all this effort on the part of employers have?


Workers who took action based on a wellness program healthcare assessment (4)

1 in 2

Employers who reported improved health behaviors and/or a boost in employee engagement (4)

Companies Doing it Right

Some of America’s largest companies are also the ones leading the march toward employee health. (5, 6, 7, 8)

General Electric

Headquarters: Fairfield, CT

Employees: 307,000

2013 revenue: $142.46B

What they offer

  • Onsite gyms
  • Online wellness portal
  • “Small Changes” program that encourages small health-related choices (like standing more every day)


Headquarters: Mountain View, CA

Employees: 47,756

2013 revenue: $59.73B

What they offer

  • Onsite physical therapist and chiropractor
  • In-office slide, table tennis, scooters
  • Visible nutrition labels on snacks, healthy options emphasized
  • Candy kept in opaque containers and healthy snacks displayed in glass jars


Headquarters: Beaverton, OR

Employees: 48,000

2013 revenue: $25.33B

What they offer

  • Courts for basketball, racquetball, squash and tennis
  • Swimming pool, weight rooms, track, climbing wall and Tour de France simulator
  • Paid sabbaticals


Headquarters: Redmond, WA

Employees: 99,000

2013 revenue: $77.65B

What they offer

  • Bike shop
  • Mini day spa
  • Fields for soccer and cricket; basketball court
  • Free health screenings
  • On-site pharmacy

Kaiser Permanente

Headquarters: Oakland, CA

Employees: 186,000

2013 revenue: $53.1B

What they offer

  • Incentivized walking
  • Healthy food options
  • Meditation and yoga sessions
  • Bike-share programs
  • Personalized wellness consultations


Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Employees: 2,712

2013 revenue: $664.89M

What they offer

  • Daily catered lunch and dinner
  • Gym reimbursement
  • Weekly yoga classes
  • Sprawling outdoor space and rooftop garden


Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Employees: 6,337

2013 revenue: $7.87B

What they offer

  • Communal bikes and bike repair shop
  • Standing desks
  • Cafeteria with healthy options
  • Pantries with healthy snacks




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