Losses in productivity due to worker illness and injury cost U.S. employers $225.8 billion annually. Knowing what business leaders can do to improve health and wellness among employees and within their community has shown to not only help businesses thrive, but it can also be the tipping point towards ensuring economic vitality and creating equitable prosperity.
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) is very proud to have partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the "Health Means Business" forum on Thursday, Oct. 6. The event is a part of a two-year commitment targeting businesses across the U.S., including those in Southern California, to address the interdependency between health and economic empowerment.
The goals of the Health Means Business campaign are to create an enlightened discussion that engages small, medium, and large businesses on the connections between health and economic opportunities, and to promote a culture of health in the L.A. region.
We appreciated the opportunity to host this event in our City since our members embrace initiatives that make L.A. an even more desirable place to live, work, and play. This campaign allows the Chamber to empower members with effective, best practice health and wellness solutions that they can leverage both in their organization and their personal lives. The creative companies that presented to our members in attendance have strategies that include marketing products positively impacting health and driving healthy behaviors.
The half-day forum provided a lengthy discussion about how private employers, non-profits, and policymakers can all work together to improve L.A.’s health outcomes through these innovative strategies.
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