J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted June 24, 2013

Published in Health

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World's largest company. World's largest healthcare bill.

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Also, the world's greatest opportunity to save money on healthcare

Have you noticed the Walmart ads for the improved assortment of fruits and veggies in the produce department? Now, all they need to do to save a few billion dollars a year is to influence their 2.2 million employees to eat more of them.

As for the tagline of "Save Money. Live Better." What better way to do both than to teach all of their associates how to take charge of their own health? So I decided to write a letter to the CEO and open his eyes to a revolutionary way to REALLY save money and live better like he may have never imagined.

Like my letter to the CEO of CostCo two weeks ago, here's my letter that went out June 21 via Priority Mail along with a copy of our book and a hard copy of our 4Leaf Corporate Wellness vision document. (Still no response to my 6-7-13 letter to Mr. Jelinek at CostCo)

Dear Mr. Duke, CEO of Walmart:

Subject: Slashing the cost of healthcare in businesses

Your new ads for fresh produce caught my attention and I have become a much more frequent Walmart customer as a result. Now that you have the healthiest foods at the lowest possible prices always, I am writing to propose a meeting with you to discuss how you can save billions by influencing your Walmart associates to eat more of those foods.

Your estimated cost of healthcare. With over two million employees, I estimate that Walmart's annual cost of healthcare is north of five billion dollars. Not only are you the largest company in the world, you probably have the world’s largest healthcare bill.

The good news is that you have a greater opportunity to save money on healthcare than any other company in the world. And from what I read about your management style, you could be the right person at the right time---to show the entire world how to tame the healthcare monster that is crippling so many of our businesses and governments.

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—J. Morris Hicks, board member, T. Colin Campbell Foundation