Vitality Wellness Program Recognized in World Economic Forum Report for Innovation in Addressing Workplace Wellness

   Vitality Wellness Program Recognized in World Economic Forum Report for
                 Innovation in Addressing Workplace Wellness

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013

CHICAGO, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Workplace Wellness Alliance, part of
the World Economic Forum released a report at the Annual Meeting in Davos,
Switzerland on January 25 on the latest thinking on workplace wellness and
metrics. The report is based on research and data from over two million
employees from 25 companies across 125 countries. The Vitality Group's parent
company, Discovery, is one of the Leadership Members of the Alliance, and was
recognized in the report for its Vitality wellness program which incentivizes
healthy behaviors and outcomes.


Discovery CEO Adrian Gore facilitated a session on wellness in the workplace
that included CEOs of major companies, health ministries, and representatives
of the World Health Organization (WHO) and NGOs. The session connected
workplace wellness to the broader discussion of human capital and
competitiveness. "Global health demands better prevention models," said Gore.
"This is critical if we are to address the rapid rise in healthcare costs
while at the same time maintain and increase health gains."

Workplace wellness programs are increasingly recognized as a means of reducing
the impact of chronic diseases of lifestyle on individuals and organizations.
Research published in January by The Vitality Group in the Journal of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the official publication of the
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), showed
that if physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, smoking, obesity,
hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and alcohol abuse, were lowered to their
theoretical minimum, the average annual costs per working adult would be
reduced by 18.4%.

"Workplace wellness programs offer a long-term solution for organizations,"
said Alan Pollard, The Vitality Group CEO. "Some organizations and programs
have made significant and measurable progress in improving the health of their
workforce and their financial bottom line. What are critical now are
collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. This requires a concerted effort
and coordination by employers, governments and healthcare professionals to
raise awareness and implement programs to stem the rising tide of chronic
diseases of lifestyle in the workplace."

The report issued at this year's Workplace Wellness Alliance meeting, Making
the Right Investment: Employee Health and the Power of Metrics, investigates
the importance of workplace wellness as a key tenet of employee wellbeing,
organizational resilience, sustainability and competitive advantage. Find the
report at:

About The Vitality Group
The Vitality Group is a member of Discovery Holdings Limited. Vitality
wellness programs serve more than 4 million members worldwide at companies in
a wide range of sizes and industry categories, improving individuals' health
and wellbeing as well as employers' bottom lines. With a foundation based on
actuarial science and behavioral economic theory, Vitality encourages changes
in lifestyle that reduce healthcare costs, both in the short run and long
term, by rewarding members for addressing their specific health issues.

SOURCE The Vitality Group

Contact: Cary Conway, +1-972-731-9242,
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