Good health means good business. Caring for employees at Johnson & Johnson through our comprehensive “culture of health” has created a more engaged global workforce and competitive advantage for our company. With strong support from our business leaders and in line with Our Credo values that unite the 128,000 members of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, we have been making substantial, systematic and effective investments in the area of prevention.
In 1978, we launched our first prevention program, now known as Live for Life™. We have learned many lessons, the most important of which is targeting major health risks. Once such risks are identified, we ensure that prevention efforts span a full continuum of services. Our holistic and integrated health program combines promotion of well-being, performance and energy management with occupational health and mental health services.
In the United States, employee participants receive an incentive to complete a health risk assessment. Those identified with specific risks can take advantage of wellness resources offered centrally or at various company locations. These include coaching, fitness and dietary programs, tobacco cessation programs, and health offerings. The Johnson & Johnson official 7-Minute App is a mobile application that enables fit lifestyles anywhere, at any time. Our comprehensive approach has generated strong employee engagement and reduced risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking, and high blood pressure and cholesterol.
The Johnson & Johnson Health Care Benefits program is grounded in four key elements: financial protection, health improvement, quality care and choices. We empower employees, retirees and their covered dependents by giving them the tools and resources to make informed health care decisions. Johnson & Johnson invests millions of dollars each year in a program regarded as among the best offered by any employer in our industry. For every dollar invested in the health of our employees, we have seen a decline in rate of growth of health care costs, which has led to lower corporate health care spending, greater productivity, and a positive return on investment.
Outcomes from our employee-focused approach to wellness strengthen our conviction in promoting health and well-being for our customers, as well. As an example, Johnson & Johnson is committed to a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sponsored program called Partnership for Patients. This public-private initiative focuses on improving the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.
We continue to advance our culture of health, which is grounded in the values of Our Credo and driven by our aspiration to help our employees and customers live longer, happier and healthier lives.