25 Aug, 2011
Worksite wellness programs have continued to grow in numbers and sophistication since their formal introduction in the 1970s. The rising cost of healthcare, sweeping national healthcare legislation and concerns about productivity have spurred demand for such programs. As healthcare costs continue to rise, insurance companies, employers, and governments are attempting to find ways to curb costs.
This is leading to positive anticipated employment growth of 18-22 percent in the health and wellness field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth has increased the need for qualified employees who can manage health and wellness programs that produce measurable bottom-line results. In response, the University of Wisconsin-Extension is spearheading a new online Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Management that prepares students to manage wellness initiatives.