Health and Fitness in the Workplace: Health Education in Business Organizations

Health and Fitness in the Workplace: Health Education in Business Organizations

Health and Fitness in the Workplace: Health Education in Business Organizations

Health and Fitness in the Workplace: Health Education in Business Organizations

Synopsis

Bringing together some of the most respected leaders from industry, academe, and government, this volume deals with the growing field of health education in the workplace. Examining the essential components of health education programs, Health and Fitness in the Workplace addresses critical issues relating to their implementation, evaluation, and promotion. This excellent collection of original essays demonstrates that when industry incorporates health programs into the work environment such programs directly result in the well-being of employees, in addition to low absenteeism, high morale, and low insurance costs.

Excerpt

Samuel H. Klarreich

Is half a glass of orange juice half full or half empty? Specialists in wellness promotion might say that it is half full. Specialists in illness prevention, however, might say that it is half empty. Is there a correct answer? Not really. Specialists in their respective fields of endeavor recognize what is before them, but their particular perspectives might differ.

What is very exciting, however, is that both perspectives exist. Both wellness promotion and illness prevention are flourishing today more than ever before.

This phenomenon, called health education, health promotion, fitness, and, most recently, wellness, has been occurring in the workplace and has been hailed as a boon to industry as well as to society in general. the movement, as it expands in leaps and bounds, has brought together many talented professionals who have the basic goal of bringing primary health care to business and industry.

Industry with its watchful eye has incorporated health programs into its environment for both humanitarian and economic reasons. Corporations increasingly realize that such programs are beneficial to the health and well-being of its employees. Smoking cessation programs are regarded as a vehicle to reduce the risk of various pulmonary and cardiovascular problems. Fitness programs are recognized as a method to augment physical and emotional well-being. Back injury control programs are seen as an approach to reduce serious injuries and to improve safety records. Stress management programs are viewed as a tool to control stress-related disorders.

Corporations increasingly recognize that a healthier and happier workforce has better morale, is more innovative, is more efficient, and is more productive. It also is less absent, is less ill, and experiences fewer accidents. the "bottom line" is that it saves businesses considerable insurance dollars and replacement costs. Government and health officials clearly appreciate that proactive corporations who establish their own health programs in an attempt to create a healthier work force are assisting . . .

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