If one U.S. Senator has her way, employee wellness programs will play a role in maintaining American businesses’ competitive edge in the global economy.

Massage therapy is oftentimes one component of employee wellness programs.

In a speech recently at the Employer Wellness Congress, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said a healthy workforce could save businesses money and improve performance, helping them expand and invest in future growth.

“A healthier lifestyle benefits not only individuals and their families, but also the businesses that employ them,” Klobuchar said. “Developing a healthy, productive workforce helps lower health care costs, lifting a heavy burden off the shoulders of our businesses and sharpening America’s competitive edge.”

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, on average employers that adopt wellness programs enjoy a 25 percent reduction in sick leave, health plan costs, workers compensation, and disability costs.

Nationwide, companies can expect to save $3 to $6 for every $1 spent on a wellness program.

Klobuchar is co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wellness Caucus, which is aimed at promoting health in the workplace.

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