Yoga, Meditation Seen As Health Care Boons

Today, more and more companies are jumping onboard the wellness bandwagon and providing employees stress relief in the form of yoga classes. One of the first companies to do this was Tower Cos, which has built a reputation for developing “green” office buildings with recycled materials. Twelve years ago it began offering employees free meditation classes. This article provides a look at several large organizations in the Washington D.C. area that have developed free or subsidized yoga programs for employees, including Discovery Communications, the National Park Service and Eileen Fisher, Inc.

The author also looks at the return on investment for these programs. In 2002, the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine published a report that showed the wellness program developed at Coors Brewery Co. produced a return of $6.15 for every dollar invested. The return enjoyed by Steelcase, Inc. was $5.80 for every dollar spent, while Equitable Life Insurance received a $5.52 return and Travelers Corp. received a $3.40 return.

Source: Annys Shin, The Washington Post, Mar 3, 2005

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