Posted by Health Wellness | Posted in workplace wellness | Posted on 26-08-2010
Wellness Programs are critical to improving the health of our nations. Most adults spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a great venue for promoting healthful habits.
The worksite organizational culture and environment are powerful influences on behavior and this needs to be put to use as a means of helping workers to adopt a healthier lifestyle. Benefits to Wellness Programs include –
Lower levels of stress
Increased well-being, self-image and self-esteem
Businesss can also benefit from Wellness Programs. According to recent research, businesss’ benefits are –
Enhanced recruitment and retention of healthy staff members
Reduced healthcare costs
Lowered rates of illness and injuries
Decreased staff member absenteeism
Improved employee relations and morale
A USA Department of Health and Human Services report revealed that at worksites with exercise programs as components of their Wellness Programs have –
Decreased health care costs by 20 to 55 percent
Lowered short-term sick leave by six to 32%
Increased productivity by two to 52 percent
Thanks to modern medicine, life expectancy for Americans has continually increased. How much we enjoy these additional years, nevertheless, depends greatly on how we have lived our lives.
When our quality of life is to remain high so that we can fully enjoy these additional years, we must practice good consuming habits, be active and refrain from using tobacco products.