Let’s face it – healthy weight isn’t all about looking great in those skinny jeans. People who are at their ideal weight feel better. They have more confidence, energy and an overall sense of well-being. In the workplace, employees who put priority on their health and nutrition are generally more productive and have a positive outlook and attitude. Quite simply – happy, healthy employees equal a positive, productive and profitable business.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69% of American adults are overweight or obese. The total cost of obesity to U.S. companies as a result of lower productivity and absenteeism is estimated at $73.1 billion per year. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center found that obese workers filed twice the number of workers’ compensation claims; had seven times higher medical costs from those claims; and lost 13 times more days of work from work injury or work illness than did non-obese workers. In fact, it is estimated that obese workers cost employers more in healthcare costs than employees who smoke!

Corporate Wellness programs are an investment in your most important resource – your employees. Many companies now offer programs that help employees create a healthier lifestyle. On-site yoga classes, discounts to local gyms, bringing in freshly prepared organic lunches, issuing pedometers and rewarding for ‘steps’ – these are just a few ways employers are incorporating health into their culture. By including Medi-Weightloss as part of your Corporate Wellness benefits, you can provide employees with a weight loss program that works, at NO cost to the employer!

Medi-Weightloss is a physician-supervised, three-phase weight loss program that helps patients lose weight and keep it off. On average, Medi-Weightloss patients lose seven pounds the first week and two to three pounds each week thereafter for the first month. Patients eat real foods purchased at the grocery store, not pre-packaged or powdered meals. Led by James Mirabile, MD, our staff includes a Physician Assistant, Nurse Practitioner, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionists. We create a program for each individual, based on his or her lifestyle and medical history. The combination of our weekly support, vitamin and mineral based injections, and FDA approved prescription appetite suppressants (if prescribed) work together to enhance metabolism, manage appetite and keep the patient feeling great during the weight loss process. A little weight loss can go a long way in improving overall health. Just a 5% to 10% decrease in body weight can reverse or prevent Type 2 diabetes, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and improve LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. We’ve helped patients reduce, or even eliminate, medications for blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.

By becoming a Medi-Weightloss Corporate Wellness partner, your employees will save 20% on all Medi-Weightloss visits. Plus, your employees will receive discounts at our medical spa, Mirabile M.D. MedCosmetic. Best of all, there is no cost to the employer! We will hold a Worksite Wellness Workshop at your place of business and will provide all the tools needed to make the program a success.

Paula Lawrence