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Everyone wins with health promotion programs.

By Ellen Paris

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It may be too late for flu season, but keeping your workershealthy year-round is a great way to decrease absenteeism andimprove morale. Free cancer screenings, educational seminars andflu shots may not sound like fun perks, but employees appreciatethem.

The popularity of health promotion programs is on the rise."It's a way to control health-care costs and enhance thehealth and productivity of employees," says Camille Haltom, ahealth-care consultant with Hewitt Associates, a managementconsulting firm in Lincolnshire, Illinois. The most popularofferings include seminars and workshops on lifestyle habits,screenings for high blood pressure and cholesterol, and fluvaccinations. What's the cost? Depends on what you'reoffering. A basic cholesterol screening can run between $5 and $6per person, flu shots cost about $20 per person, and a mobilemammography unit can top $120 per person. Of course, you couldalways have your employees pay-the convenience is the mainthing.

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