It is crucial that physical activity (PA) is supported both at work and in the healthcare delivery setting. PA levels have steadily declined in the workplace setting with a wide variation existing among different occupation types. There is little doubt that the delivery of care needs to greatly increase in promoting PA given its strong impact on disease prevention and treatment.
Crucial to this desire for increases in delivery of PA promotion and counseling is the cost savings realized by employers and healthcare systems. However, cost effectiveness cannot be limited simply to ROI calculations of healthcare costs alone. The value of regular PA far exceeds the monetized benefits alone. Increases in PA behavior affect physical and mental functioning, quality of life and other dimensions of health and wellbeing that often cannot be calculated as they occur in non-health related dimensions or factors (i.e., the impact of exercise on income and family earnings, PA impact on mood states, etc.).
As the evidence for the integration of EIM into healthcare systems advances, so too will our knowledge of the direct and indirect savings realized by our multisectoral partners.