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Relationship of body mass index and physical activity to health care costs among employees.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15167389     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study examined the relationship between physical activity and health care costs by different weight groups. The study sample consisted of 23,490 active employees grouped into normal weight, overweight, and obese categories. After adjustment for covariates, physically moderately active (1 to 2 times/week) and very active (3 + times/week) employees had approximately $250 less paid health care costs annually than sedentary employees (0 time/week) across all weight categories. The difference was approximately $450 in the obese subpopulation. The maximum possible savings was estimated to be 1.5% of the total health care costs if all obese sedentary employees would adapt a physically active lifestyle. As a strategy to control escalating health care costs, wellness programs should facilitate engagement in moderate physical activity of at least 1 to 2 times a week among sedentary obese people and help them to maintain this more active lifestyle.)
Feifei Wang; Tim McDonald; Laura J Champagne; Dee W Edington
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine     Volume:  46     ISSN:  1076-2752     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Occup. Environ. Med.     Publication Date:  2004 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-05-28     Completed Date:  2004-08-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504688     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  428-36     Citation Subset:  IM    
Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Body Mass Index*
Cost Savings
Health Behavior
Health Benefit Plans, Employee / economics
Health Care Costs*
Linear Models
Middle Aged
Motor Activity
Obesity / economics
Occupational Health*
United States

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