23 Nov Let’s Plan for New Year’s Resolutions Now!
The New Year is right around the corner and with it comes new resolutions. Why not help your employees keep those resolutions in 2016 by helping them lose weight? By targeting obesity in the workplace you are expressing concern for your employee’s health while lowering medical costs. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) more than one third of all Americans are obese, and that number continues to rise. They also estimate that medical expenses for overweight, or obese people, are $1429 higher than those with a healthy weight. The risks associated with obesity are serious and extremely costly. These risks decrease productivity, increase your healthcare costs, and decrease morale. The risks include:
- Heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure & high cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
- Psychological disorders
- Various cancers
- Musculoskeletal problems
So the question is, “What can our organization do to help?” While there is not a quick fix solution, here are some strategies your business can implement to help your employees manage their weight.
- Education. Educate your employees on maintaining a healthy weight by offering medical screenings, health risk assessments, self-help materials, handouts, and possibly even exercise classes.
- Implement an employee wellness program that incentivizes your employees to get back to a healthy lifestyle.
- Offer discounts to local fitness centers.
- Provide healthier food options in your company’s vending machines or cafeteria. Be sure to make them affordable.
- Encourage people to use the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Create company sports team or walking clubs, making exercise more fun.
- Install standup desks. (There are dangers to sitting too long).
By promoting a healthier lifestyle you’re caring for your employees first while at the same time increasing productivity and reducing healthcare expenses. So, let’s get the ball rolling and plan for a healthier 2016!
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