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Three years ago, Consolidated Stores Corp. analyzed its health-care expenditures and discovered that nearly 10 percent of the $15 million it spent annually on medical services was going to heart-disease and related conditions.
"It's one of the most expensive items in our benefits program, and we were concerned about it," says Mark Fisher, employee benefits manager at the Columbus-based retailer, which has 3,000 Central Ohio employees.
Heart disease is the nation's No. 1 cause of death and is the most expensive medical condition. Ohio ranks sixth highest in the country in its per-capita rate of heart disease, according to the American Heart Association.