Archives for June 2014

How much does chronic disease cost your company?

Chronic disease is a serious problem in the United States, especially in Georgia.  Chronic diseases include diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and stroke.  The risk factors for these diseases include poor diet, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and tobacco use. When three or more of these risk factors are presented together in a patient, that person may have Metabolic Syndrome.  Only 2 out of 5 Georgia adults are regularly physically active and 1 out of 4 Georgians use tobacco.  To get more information about Cardiometabolic Syndrome and chronic disease please visit  the CDC Chronic Disease page.  To look up chronic disease prevalence in your county visit the OASIS page.


People with multiple chronic diseases are the most frequent users of health care, which leads to increased costs.  For a company with 1,000 employees the cost of obesity can add up to $277,000 per year due to medical expenditures and absenteeism. Diabetes is also very costly at $5.1 billion every year in Georgia. On average tobacco users use 50% more health care than non-tobacco users.  This adds up to $1.8 billion in medical costs every year due to tobacco-related illnesses. Poor health can indirectly cost a company through absenteeism, disability, and reduced work output.  For more information on the cost of chronic disease to Georgia employers and how to implement strategies to reduce cost please visit  click here.

Authur: Kinsey McMurtry
Master of Public Health Candidate | Class of 2015
Health Policy and Management
Emory University Rollins School of Public Health


Summer 2014 Interns and Upcoming Project


        EmployersLikeMe is excited to announce it’s first intern, Sarah-Catherine Dannelly. Sarah-Catherine is a rising third year at Georgia Tech studying Biomedical Engineering. This summer, EmployersLikeMe will also work with an intern, Kinsey McMurtry, from the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Division at the Georgia Department of Public Health. Kinsey is a second year student at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health studying health policy. This summer these interns will assist EmployersLikeMe with a new project focusing on chronic disease risk factors and prevention.