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Smokers Cost Employers $6K More

By | June 10th, 2013|Affordable Care Act, Prevention|

A new Ohio State University study found smokers cost businesses about $6,000 more than nonsmokers every year.  The researchers used the cost of increased absenteeism, lost productivity, smoke breaks and health care  to reach the $6K/year figure – not surprisingly, smoke breaks account for the biggest share of the cost.  More and more businesses are creating stronger worksite wellness programs.  Arizona, for example, has [...]

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State Employee Recognition

By | May 8th, 2013|General|

The work we do often doesn’t get a lot of fanfare.  Much like police who respond to hundreds of calls a week, public health workers diligent work to protect the public from health threats – we just don’t respond with lights and sirens and there aren't any TV shows that celebrate our work. I try [...]