Wellness programs for small business

May 11, 2006 at 2:06 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) -- U.S. Olympic gymnast and small-business owner Mary Lou Retton says even the smallest of businesses can incorporate wellness into the workplace, at no cost.

"There are many things small businesses can do to encourage a healthy lifestyle among their employees, from simply allowing daily walk breaks to offering incentives that encourage healthy behavior like joining a gym," said Retton. "Entrepreneurs need to remember that wellness programs not only boost health, but also the bottom line, since having healthy employees can mean the difference between profit and loss."

The Your Health, Your Choice program by the National Association for the Self-Employee features a comprehensive guidebook and new Web site -- MicroBusinessHealth.com.

The Web site is designed with the self-employed individual or micro-business owner in mind; the resources are free and contain valuable information to benefit anyone looking to assess their own healthcare needs, including tips for choosing the right health plan, tips on keeping healthcare costs down and tips on health and wellness programs.

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