Graduate Research Papers


Graduate Research Paper (UNI Access Only)


Health promotion; Rate of return; Medical care, Cost of;


In 2006 each full-time employee who was working for a company, on average, cost the employer $4,357 in health care costs annually (National Conference of State Legislatures, 2014). Made specifically to focus on working adults, the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA, 2013) states that employers spent $585 billion dollars purchasing health insurance for their employees. Implementing worksite health promotion programs has been on the rise in the United States in order to help employers decrease the amount of money they are spending on health care for their employees. Worksite wellness programs are shown to increase productivity and morale in the workplace, along with decreasing absenteeism and insurance costs for employers (Harte, Mahieu, Mallett, Norvill, & VanderWerf, 2011). More research must be conducted to show employers that the return on investment for each company is a beneficial way to save the company money, along with increasing the health of its employees and maintaining or improving their competitive posture relative to their competitors. Return on investment (ROI) is used to show the financial benefit or return from worksite health promotion programs compared to their cost (Wein, 2013). Overall the ROI shows what the company would be saving on healthcare by implementing worksite wellness programs.

The purpose of this paper was to look further into employee's participation in worksite wellness programs to measure a change in their overall health behaviors, which in return, would save money for employers on their return on investment by putting worksite wellness programs into effect.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services


Division of Health Promotion and Education

First Advisor

Tom Davis, Chair

Date Original


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