EAGAN, Minn., March 19 (UPI) -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota said Monday it will begin funding employee wellness programs.
The insurer will select up to 20 mid-size Minnesota employers for three-year contracts of up to $100,000 to implement programs targeting employee tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating, according to the company.
In addition to the funding, selected companies will receive professional consulting services to help them implement effective programs.
Eligible applicants include public, private, for-profit and not-for-profit Minnesota employers with up to 1,000 employees working in Minnesota.
"One of the best ways to control costs is to prevent the risk factors that contribute to the diseases that are most expensive to treat," said Marc Manley, head of population health at Blue Cross. "Creating a healthier workplace is an important part of that effort."