The AIHce crossoer section "Building a Corporate Wellness Program: was devoted to defining wellness, describing why a wellness program is necessary and explaining how a program is built. At the conclusion of the session, attendees were to understand the benefits of a corporate wellness program, have a basic understanding of what constitutes a wellness program and have some take-home examples of successful programs. Presenter Nikki Hetman from Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., Vienna, Va., defined wellness as a state of well-being and a health promotion activity geared to educating and encouraging employees to take action to improve their health. The ultimate goal for the employee is to reach a point where there is a balance of mental, spritual, physical and emotional health. Hetman noted that research has suggested that nearly half of all employees health care costs may be directly related to employee habits influenced by conditions and stressors in the workplace. According to the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration, private and public companies spent $1.3 trillion in 2000 on total health services and supplies for their employees and dependents. Reducing these costs through the use of a wellness program will aid corporations in attaining their ultimate goal of increasing net profits.