Healthy Lifestyle Leads To Increased Financial Savings

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People who lead healthier lifestyles can reduce their health care costsby nearly $200 annually, according to a study released on Thursday by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the Winston-Salem Journalreports. Blue Cross officials over a two-year period studied the healthand finances of 1,171 people who participated in the insurer's "HealthyLifestyle Choices" program. The program encouraged members to exercise,lose weight and follow a nutritious eating plan.

The study found thatthe participants were able to save an average of $187 annually inhealth care costs through the program. The report follows the releaseof a Blue Cross study in October that suggested small businesses arereluctant to implement substantial wellness programs for workersbecause of costs (Jackson, Winston-Salem Journal, 12/7).

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