According to the CDC, 66.4% of the U.S. population feel that they are in good or even excellent health. The word “feel” leaves some room for doubt as to the true state of “good/excellent health.” For example, rising obesity in the U.S. has become an epidemic, with most states at a 20% obesity rate – some even higher. It’s no wonder when statistics demonstrate that food portion in our country has doubled, sometimes nearly tripled within the last 20 years.
With seemingly daunting data, the importance of living a healthy lifestyle has become increasingly more discussed and practiced. This is true for the one place where many Americans spend anywhere from 40 to 60 plus hours a week – the workplace.
Take a look at a few simple ways the importance of lifestyle management is taking center stage in companies both large and small across the nation.
Incentive Management – what better way to translate to employees the value and importance of living a healthy lifestyle, then by leading through example. Wellness programs that offer incentive management can help tailor the type of incentives to implement, as well as when to establish them for to achieve the best ROI.
Health Coaching – to help employees capture the full benefits that come with practicing overall wellness, they’ll need more than simply an Importance of Healthy Lifestyle Essay or pamphlet. Employees will need measurable incentives (as previously outlined), a variety of fitness options (like the ability to track steps and exercise goals), healthy nutrition resources and more.
Health coaching can be a way to maximize the effectiveness of these initiatives by helping employees to stay motivated and accountable. At Wellworks For You, we make it easy for employers by offering both onsite and web health coaching sessions.
Preventative Health Screenings – when employers offer onsite preventative health screenings to employees, they are empowering them to take ownership of their health through providing tangible results. From biometric screening, vaccinations and other similar onsite health screenings employers are not only saying, “I care about you to the point I’ll bring this valuable resource to you,” they’re also ultimately allowing an opportunity for both employee and employer to save money by potentially incurring less medical costs. If an employee learns that he/she has high cholesterol from a preventative screening, health measures can be practiced to help adjust and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Now that you know more about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle and why is it important, you can incorporate what you’ve learned into your own wellness program. If you don’t have a corporate wellness program, contact us! We can help get you started.