An ounce of prevention: the American Cancer Society offers a free wellness program to businesses throughout Southeast Michigan.Sedentary lifestyles
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U.S. health-care statistics show preventable illnesses make up approximately 70 percent of the burden of illness and the associated health-care costs in this country. This burden not only plagues Americans, but also their employers who are trying to manage the resulting rise in health-care costs, employee absenteeism ab·sen·tee·ism
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In recent years, more and more businesses are adopting worksite wellness programs--an important step toward preventing unnecessary sickness and death. In fact, a worksite wellness program can give employees the information and motivation they need to modify unhealthy lifestyles unhealthy lifestyle Public health A dissipated personal modus operandum, which may be characterized by one or more of the following: substance abuse–eg, alcohol, drug and/or tobacco use, debauchery, sexual promiscuity and/or teenage pregnancy, poor sleep and give their employers a better return on their human resource investment.
Recognizing this corporate trend, the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). Division of the American Cancer Society American Cancer Society,
n.pr established in 1913, this national volunteer-based health organization is committed to the elimination of cancer through prevention and treatment and to diminishing cancer suffering through advocacy, scholarship, research, , the nation's leading voluntary health organization fighting cancer, has launched a worksite wellness campaign entitled ACS (Asynchronous Communications Server) See network access server. at Work, which provides area businesses with a program designed to promote a healthier workforce.
"ACS at Work represents a win-win relationship we have with many worksites throughout Southeast Michigan Southeast Michigan, also called Southeastern Michigan, is a region in the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan that is home to a majority of the state's businesses and industries, and is home to slightly over half the state's population. ," says Megan White, MPH, regional executive director of the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division. "Not only are we able to serve the community by providing businesses with a tool that will help them save money and become more productive, but we're able to reach out to large populations with our vital messages of early detection and awareness, which will ultimately help us lower cancer incidence and mortality rates."
Participating businesses choose from a menu of fun and educational programs, which offer physical activity, messages of nutrition, cancer information, smoking cessation smoking cessation Public health Temporary or permanent halting of habitual cigarette smoking; withdrawal therapies–eg, hypnosis, psychotherapy, group counseling, exposing smokers to Pts with terminal lung CA and nicotine chewing gum are often ineffective. and opportunities for community outreach.
"The bottom line is that ACS at Work makes good sense by lowering unnecessary health-care costs and helping to combat cancer--the leading public health concern facing Americans today," White adds.
Comerica Bank Inc., a recent member of the Society's ACS at Work campaign, provides its employees with a smoke-free work environment, has participated in Relay For Life Relay For Life (often shortened to Relay) is a fundraising event of the American Cancer Society, and is now held in many other countries. It is an overnight event designed to spread awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cures, celebrate survivorship and raise money events throughout Michigan and has empowered its employees in the fight against breast cancer through a sponsorship of the organization's annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
"Comerica is committed to serving the communities where we do business, and this commitment extends beyond providing financial services The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view of the subject.
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"I am extremely proud that Comerica participates in the ACS at Work program and is a flagship sponsor for the 2002 Making Strides event. Partnering with the American Cancer Society in this component of the program allows us to work with fellow employees as we assemble our team for this year's walk."
ACS at Work is a free program available to all businesses throughout Southeast Michigan. For more information, contact a local American Cancer Society representative at (248) 557-5353.
The American Cancer Society is a Silver-level member of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Comerica is a Gold-level member.