Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Wellness: Healthy Workplace Benefits Employees and Employers

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Wellness: Healthy Workplace Benefits Employees and Employers

Article excerpt

With costs rising for medical care benefits, companies are cutting back on healthcare spending. However, employers can provide access to more healthy options at the workplace as an added "benefit" to their employees.

The price for overweight, obese and physically inactive employees is increasingly borne by employers who see their insurance costs and workers' compensation premiums go up as productivity declines. Unhealthy workers require more medical care, take more sick days and are less productive on the job.

According to the World Health Organization, "Workplace physical activity programs in the USA can reduce short-term sick leave (by 6 to 32 percent), reduce health care costs (by 20 to 55 percent), and increase productivity (by 2 to 52 percent)."

Workers spend so many of their waking hours on the job that achieving healthy eating habits and reaching physical activity goals is virtually impossible without opportunities for working adults to get their five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables and 30 minutes of physical activity during the work day.

The following are tips on how you can help your employees to eat healthy foods and be active at work:

Healthy cafeteria options: Provide appealing menu options at all workplace food-services and cafeterias at reasonable prices that meet healthy nutrition standards. …

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