Facts

Increasing health care costs, rising obesity rates, poor nutrition habits and decreasing physical activity levels are costing employers a bundle.

The costs to North Dakota

  • The Milken Foundation estimates a $2.1 billion loss annually in North Dakota due to lost workdays and decreased productivity.
  • Modifiable lifestyle choices cost North Dakota more than $550 million annually in medical expenditures.
  • More than 67% of our residents are overweight or obese.
  • Physically active people in North Dakota can save up to $500 per year in medical costs.
  • Nearly 75% do not get regular daily exercise.
  • According to an East Carolina University health calculation tool, the results of physical inactivity alone in North Dakota are staggering.
    Physical inactivity is costing North Dakota
    $990,448,191
    Medical care costs
    $136,902,191
    Workers' comp costs
    $2,128,435
    Lost productivity
    $841,418,191

If 5% of North Dakotans became more physically active, it could save an estimated $49,022,441

The costs to your organization

  • At least 50% of an organization's health care costs are driven by modifiable lifestyle-related behaviors such as smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.
  • Estimated costs associated with lifestyle risk factors incurred by employees with risk factors including smoking, poor diet, high blood pressure and obesity:
    No Risks
    $3,094
    1 Risk
    $4,415
    2 Risks
    $5,286
    3 Risks
    $6,275
    4 Risks
    $7,405

Reverse the trends with a worksite wellness program.