Wellness program reduces risk of heart disease among employees

Joint initiative could save DaimlerChrysler millions of dollars
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 05/24/2006

A workplace health program at DaimlerChrysler's Windsor assembly plant substantially improved employee health and has the potential to save the company millions of dollars in health-care costs, according to an actuarial analysis by Aon Consulting.

The year-long joint initiative between pharmaceutical company Pfizer Canada, DaimlerChrysler Canada, the Canadian Auto Workers and the Windsor and Essex county health unit reduced participants' 10-year cardiovascular risk from an average level of moderate to low.

Cardiovascular disease kills more than one-third of Canadians. It is the third leading cause of long-term disability and costs employers about $3.2 billion annually.