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A major goal will be to follow people from the time of peak lung health -- typically from the mid-20s to early-30s -- to better understand currently relevant risk factors for respiratory disease.
Big Study to Explore Long-Term Impact of Vaping, Pollution
Vollmer, Sabine. "Wellness Conquers Cancer." News & Observer, December 7, 2006.
One by one, large Triangle employers are starting to urge their employees to eat more broccoli, start exercising and stop smoking.
It's all part of the CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM, a coordinated initiative corporate America has launched against cancer. Last year the disease cost the U.S. health care system about $210 billion, according to the National Institutes of Health. Quintiles Transnational is the latest local company trying to fulfill the rigorous requirements to receive Gold Standard accreditation. SAS, the Cary software company, is another.
Laws, Jerry. "Step Up to the CEO Cancer Gold Standard." Occupational Health and Safety, May 1, 2006.
The CEO Cancer Gold Standard focuses on five critical areas that help accredited organizations maintain a culture encouraging healthy lifestyles and providing support when a cancer diagnosis is made.
Zook, Tony. "The ROI of Wellness." Forbes, April 24, 2006.
It should come as no surprise that healthy employees boost a companys bottom line. They experience less sick time, take fewer disability days and suffer lesser risk of premature deaths. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of employers’ health care costs and productivity losses are related to employee lifestyle choices. And a $1 investment in wellness programs saves $3 in health care costs, according to the Wellness Council of America.