For global industrial company Lafarge North America, Inc., health risks threatened its very foundation and employee base. Workers' compensation claims showed that many of the company's drivers were so obese they were injuring themselves when climbing up ladders in the trucks.

"Chronic health is our biggest and most formidable health issue," Philia Swam, Lafarge director of health benefits and employee insurance, told attendees at EBN's Benefit Forum & Expo. With an average age of 46 among the 12,000 employees in North America, "we are an aging population, which means higher health care costs [and] more risk for chronic conditions," she said.

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