LOS ANGELES, CA —The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation partnered with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to co-host "Health Means Business" 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 appreciate the opportunity to host this event because our members embrace initiatives that make L.A. an even more desirable place to live, work and play,” said Gary Toebben, President & CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. “This campaign allows the Chamber to empower members with effective health and wellness solutions that they can leverage both in their organization and their personal lives.”
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 half-day convening, the 10th in the nation-wide series, included a mix of speakers, panel discussions and audience engagement opportunities with participants tackling community health priorities.