September 2006

The California Partnership for Access to Treatment is pleased to send you the premier issue of CA Access News, a monthly e-news publication for partnership members. Through CA Access News, we'll keep you abreast of current health care issues and topics of interest to you and your communities. Each month we'll highlight a CPAT partner, update you on current events taking place, and recognize companies who have recently joined the partnership. We welcome your comments, suggestions and contributions. Enjoy!

In this Issue: Healthcare Feature | Member Spotlight | Welcome New Members | In the News | Calendar | Interesting Information


Feature Articles

Worksite Wellness Programs Benefit Everyone

It takes more than a trip to the doctor’s office to stay healthy. Healthcare experts have touted the benefits of preventative care for years and now employers are responding by implementing office wellness programs. Read more...

Member Spotlight

American Nurses Association\California

The mission of ANA\California is to optimize nursing's contribution to the health and well being of individuals, families, and communities. As nurses, this primary commitment to society guides and shapes our efforts to foster nursing practice standards, promote professional development, conduct and use research, influence public policy, and enhance professional practice environments.

ANA\C, a constituent member of ANA, leads the profession of nursing in fulfilling it's commitment to excellence in practice, education, research, and social policy.


Welcome New Members!

American Diabetes Association, Sac-Sierra Region
Boyle Heights Chamber of Commerce
California Therapeutic Community
CLJ & Associates
Greater Riverside Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mental Health Association, San Diego County
Neurofibromatosis California
Pacoima Chamber of Commerce
Paramount Chamber of Commerce
Sacramento Family Medical Group
South Gate Chamber of Commerce
Survivors of Torture International
Ventura Chamber of Commerce
Westchester/LAX-Marina Del Rey Chamber of Commerce

In the News

Everyone wins with workplace health, wellness programs
Human Resources Management Ideas & Trends
August 10, 2005
Issue No. 612

With the population aging and the prevalence of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease becoming painfully common, it is time for HR to consider implementing a wellness program to encourage employees to undergo regular screenings. To read more, click here...

Heavy workers, hefty price
September 11, 2005
By Nanci Hellmich

Obese employees have much higher weight-related medical expenses and miss more work than their colleagues who maintain a healthy weight, a study shows. To read more, click here...

Mom-baby-friendly business gets state award
The Orange County Register
August 23, 2006
By Blythe Bernhard

One Orange County company proves that breastfeeding and business can work. The Athletic Club for Women and Pilates Place in Newport Beach was honored this week as one of three "Mother-Baby-Friendly Workplaces" by the California Youth and Workplace Wellness Task Force. To read more, click here…

Longer hours point to higher blood pressure
September 4, 2006
By Sharon Salyer

A new study confirms a link between the growing number of hours Americans work and the health risks of hypertension. To read more, click here…

Employers increase wellness push with new programs, incentives
Employee Benefit News
July 1, 2006
By Leah Carlson Shepherd

Wellness programs and employee wellness incentives continue to gain in popularity in the wake of unrelenting spikes in medical costs for businesses and patients. To read more click here...

Wellness programs are worth every dollar you spend
St. Louis Business Journal
March 28, 1997
By Miriam Sims

Health-care costs aren't the only reason to have wellness programs. However, many companies dropped wellness programs in recent years as they turn to managed care health insurance plans. This is short-sighted because managing health-care costs is one of four reasons wellness programs make economic sense. In addition to reducing demand for medical services, wellness programs provide economic benefit by reducing absenteeism, reducing on-the-job injuries and workers' compensation costs, and reducing disability-management costs. To read more click here...



Please join us for a complimentary luncheon seminar on
"Worksite Wellness Programs"

Tuesday, September 19
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CSAC Conference Center
1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor (between K and J Streets)
Sacramento, CA
RSVP to Kristina at (916) 658-0144 x 202
or e-mail:

Wednesday, September 20
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
The Palm Restaurant
1100 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA
RSVP to: Andrea at (323) 466-3445 x 240
or e-mail:


Interesting Information
  • A study estimated that physical inactivity, obesity and overweight cost California $21.7 billion in direct and indirect medical care, workers’ compensation and lost productivity costs in the year 2000. These costs were projected to rise to more than $28 billion in 2005. (1)
  • More than 75 percent of medical care costs are attributable to chronic diseases, which in large part are preventable. (2)
  • Only 36 percent of California adults engage in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity at least five days a week. (3)
  • In order to manage the 10,000 steps a day recommended by walking advocates, workers who remain sedentary during their workday would have to spend most of their evenings in motion. (4)
  • More than 75 percent of medical care costs are attributable to chronic diseases, which in large part are preventable. (5)

1. Chenoweth, D. (2005). The economic costs of physical inactivity, obesity, and overweight in California adults during the year 2000: A technical analysis.
Sacramento, CA: California Department of Health Services, Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section and Epidemiology and Health Promotion Section.

2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2004). Chronic disease overview. Retrieved December 27, 2004, from

3. Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: 2001 [Data file]. Sacramento, CA: Survey Research Group, Cancer Surveillance Section, California Department of Health Services.

4. Fenton, M. (2003). Walking for fitness. Retrieved December 30, 2004, from

5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2004). Chronic disease overview. Retrieved December 27, 2004, from


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