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Cost Calculators

Often planners of workforce health promotion (WHP) programs are asked about costs of those programs—both costs of administering programs as well as the costs to the company for various conditions and behaviors that employees may have. This page provides planners of WHP programs with calculators to help them estimate the costs of lifestyle factors and preventable diseases, yielding information that can be useful for baseline needs assessment and planning of targeted interventions.

Chronic Conditions

Depression
The National Partnership for Workplace Mental Health introduced the "depression calculator," an online tool that enables employers to estimate the costs and productivity savings they could reap if employees suffering from depression received effective treatment.

Lifestyle Factors/Behaviors

Tobacco
Developed by the Center for Health Research (Kaiser Permanente Northwest) and America's Health Insurance Plans, this Web-based ROI Calculator estimates the impact of smoking cessation interventions for 1–5 years.

Alcohol
The Alcohol Cost Calculator estimates the business impact of the continuum of alcohol problems (alcohol dependence, alcoholism, and alcohol abuse) on 11 sectors of U.S. industry and shows how alcohol-related problems generate avoidable health care costs and reduce workforce productivity.

Physical Inactivity
The Physical Inactivity Cost Calculator is a Web-based tool that uses a scientifically-based formula to estimate the financial costs of physical inactivity for populations in the United States.

Obesity

CDC's LEAN Works!
CDC’s LEAN Works! site contains an obesity cost calculator to estimate how much obesity costs your organization and how much you could save by establishing an obesity prevention control program at your worksite. To obtain better estimates for your organization, you will need to know the average hourly wages, percent of employees receiving health benefits, and the body mass index (BMI) of your employees.  If you do not have some of this data for your company, the Obesity Cost Calculator will provide default values from nationally representative datasets to calculate the cost estimates. 

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