Trucking company Con-way Freight is in the midst of expanding its employee wellness program, after some amazing initial results and feedback. According to the Fleet Owner website, Con-way's workplace injuries and workers compensation costs have plummeted by 80 percent since the company's pilot initiative launched in early 2007, while lost work days have dropped by 75 percent. In addition, Con-way reports that 831 employees have lost a combined total of 6,269 pounds, while 170 workers quit smoking and 669 reduced their blood pressure.
"We've seen lifelong smokers quitting smoking, employees lowering chronic high blood pressure, overweight employees shedding pounds and still others discovering and being treated for life-threatening conditions," said Bob Petrancosta, vice president of safety for Con-way Freight. "You can't put a price tag on successes like that."
As a result, Con-way now plans to expand its wellness program offerings to all of its 6,400 employees in 21 states by the end of 2008.
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