The results were compelling. After only a year, the schoolchildren targeted by the program had gained 15% less weight than other kids their age. Cities all over the country have designed programs based on the "Shape Up" initiative.
The article mentions that "two-thirds of Medicare spending is for beneficiaries with five or more chronic conditions." That's why Congress set aside $1 billion of the recent stimulus for disease prevention efforts; according to the article, the Department of Health and Human Services plans to announce specific plans for that money early this summer.
If a Boston suburb can successfully encourage its residents to get healthier, you can do the same for your employees. All it takes is an effective game plan, a wellness partner that understands your needs, and a positive attitude.