Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Employers Tip the Scales of Weight Loss Success

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Employers Tip the Scales of Weight Loss Success

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While obesity remains a serious health condition affecting millions of Americans and costing U.S. businesses $13 billion annually in health care costs and productivity, a recent study commissioned by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Inc. (AAOHN) sheds new light on ways businesses can help employees shed pounds.

According to the survey, workplace weight-management programs play a tremendous role in helping employees achieve weight loss. In fact, nearly half of all respondents who claimed to participate in workplace weight-management programs reported success in reaching and maintaining their long-term goals.

"AAOHN's study found that only 2 percent of the working population claims to have participated in an employer-sponsored weight-management program. However, of those who have participated, nearly 50 percent reached and maintained their weight-loss goals," said AAOHN President Susan A. Randolph. "These findings are significant, indicating the value of workplace weight-management programs, and representing a call to action for more businesses to provide employees with the types of onsite wellness programs that speak directly to obesity, and for more employees to take advantage of these programs. …

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