The part can never be well unless the whole is well. ~Plato
Whether you have any formal programs in place to promote healthy living for your employees, establishing a culture that values a healthy lifestyle is a useful goal for any employer. As the saying goes, just because you’re not sick does not mean you’re healthy. The American Heart Association has provided some staggering information for employers to ponder. Healthcare issues cost American business in excess of $225 billion each year in productivity losses. That’s not to mention escalating healthcare costs. Those numbers are sobering because approximately 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable, and other types of diseases likely have some similar statistics. For the first time in American history, the life expectancy of this generation of children is expected to be lower than that of its parents. Making small changes can help individuals stave off some of these problems, and employers can take a few steps to help. If you provide food in the workplace, offer lighter, healthier items. For workplace events, offer better choices. Promote use of stairs, and taking stress-relieving breaks. Encourage small active activities, like a walk around the building. Statistics show that an hour of exercise adds approximately two hours of life expectancy. It also makes employees more focused, and limits time out of work.