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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Employee Wellness Programs Should Focus on Exercise not Weight

Employee wellness programs that focus on adopting healthy habits such as exercising or moving more, smoking less and nutritious habits stand a better chance of avoiding the legal issues associated with discrimination and obesity. The core issue is reducing health risks. A study that came out today by the Journal of American Medicine suggests that fitness, not fatness plays a greater role in predicting longer lifespans. This jives with what many corporate wellness practitioners have been preaching for years. Provide your employees with opportunities to move, share with them techniques for incorporating exercise into their daily lives, support and reward their efforts to exercise more and in turn,you will be rewarded with healthier, more productive employees. Exercise reduces your risk for heart disease, hypertension, stroke, depression, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimers, and the list goes on.

Walking challenges, movement challenges, subsidizing gym memberships, supplying your employees with pedometers, encouraging walking up and down stairs instead of elevators, creating "walkable campuses", using mapping programs and gps systems to create walking routes for your employees are all ways to encourage increased physical activity in the workplace.

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