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UVA-WorkMed Newsletter January 2013

Low Back Health - David S. Rubendall, DO, Medical Director, UVA-WorkMed; Marian Gross, RN, UVA-WorkMed; Thomas Miller, UVA-WorkMed Supervisor/Exercise Physiologist

Talk about a real pain in the back. The leading result of accident to those under the age of 45 is low back injury.  In 2004, the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission report cited that $53,183,275 was attributed in total expenditure to lower back injuries.  Low back injury is pretty common and there are many factors that contribute to it.

 

Obesity in America

The most recent statistics on the general health of Americans are not encouraging.  Current assessments indicate that over 60% of Americans meet criteria for being either overweight or obese.  Overweight is defined as Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or above, and obesity as a BMI of 29.9 or above

 

Health and Wellness Programs Provide Return on Employer Investment

Most successful financial investors will acknowledge the merit of the following:  In order to make money, you generally have to spend money.  Any company attempting to survive or grow will examine and re-examine avenues to maximize cost savings and minimize cost expenditure.  Employee health care premiums generally represent a significant expenditure for employers.

 

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