Republished with permission from ReduceYourWorkersComp.com
Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer recently announced the addition of a workplace wellness program to help employers meet the challenges related to rising incidences of obesity and chronic disease.
Over the next four years, the program will make $4 million available to employers to create programs to control escalating costs of workers' compensation claims associated with these health risk factors.(WCxKit)
“Health factors like obesity and chronic disease can contribute to workplace injuries and slow the recovery of an injured worker,” said Buehrer. “By promoting wellness programs in the workplace, we are helping improve the quality of life for working Ohioans and their families, as well as helping reduce costs for Ohio's employers.”
Participating employers will be awarded up to $15,000 over four years to implement wellness programs in their workplaces. BWC expects more than 600 employers will benefit from these grants, which will be awarded on a “first come, first serve” basis based on availability of funds.
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