Overview: Today, there are digital apps that can track sleep, how many steps someone takes, and how happy people are, but are people really changing their behaviours and has the status and the health profile changed?
In terms of some of the disease states of Canadians, 60 per cent are overweight and 53 per cent are physically inactive. Interestingly, the impact of obesity on work limitations is like adding 20 years to a worker's age. And looking at the health risk profile of organizations - from healthy to low risk, at risk, high risk, and then early symptoms and active disease, 20 per cent of employees - those with early-detected symptoms and active disease - generate 80 per cent of the costs.
That means 80 per cent of the employee base is only costing 20 per cent of the cost. However, 75 per cent of these disease states are preventable and this is where a preventative, proactive approach to wellness is where things are going!