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Steve Sanger '68 on 'Keeping America's Workforce Healthy'

November 18, 2007

Steve Sanger 2006.jpgNovember 18, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - Steve Sanger, chairman of General Mills and 1968 graduate of DePauw University, participated in a forum entitled "Keeping America's Workforce Healthy: Prevention, Wellness and Behavior." The November 15 symposium, sponsored by the Coalition to Advance Healthcare Reform (CAHR) and the National Chamber Foundation, featured an open dialogue with some of the nation's top business leaders and largest employers on the importance of creating a workplace environment that promotes good health through wellness programs.

"General Mills may have one of the strongest wellness programs in America," Sanger says. "We've been focused on employee health and wellness for 25 years. We've learned a lot, and our efforts have helped us contain our health care costs. But more importantly, we're helping our employees live better, healthier lives."

An announcement notes, "CAHR believes individuals and families should have strong personal financial incentives for adopting healthy behaviors. Since 50% to 70% of total healthcare costs are behavior driven, healthcare plans must be designed to drive healthy behavior -- starting with prevention and wellness and incorporating full care management programs for those with chronic and acute conditions. CAHR is a working coalition of business leaders and employers committed to solving our nation's healthcare crisis by advancing a set of five core principles to guide and shape state and federal policies."

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