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1. What are some of the benefits of creating a wellness-focused workplace?
The benefits include positive environment, increased moral, because truly health is the key to happiness. A wellness focused workplace also has increased productivity, if the body is nourished properly the ability to focus on the task at hand is easier, and things get done faster and more efficiently. There is also less absenteeism, lower workman comp claims and overall lower healthcare costs.
2. What are some tips that virtually any business can adopt?
Get rid of vending machines that are loaded with sodas, and unhealthy snacks. Allow employees to eat at their desk and use their lunch break for exercise like a walk/jog or yoga class. Set up a virtual training program like Utilifit, this program promotes exercise at their desk throughout the day to promote a less sedentary workplace. There is also a competitive side to this program, employees can be on teams and compete against each other. Also, if budget allows bring a fitness instructor on site to instruct employees for lunch time exercise, yoga/Pilates classes. Something more mind/body focused (less intense) will allow employees to participate and not have to shower afterward. They can also offer quarterly lunch and learn education seminars provided by a Dietitian, Wellness Coach, Chef, or other healthy living professional and have it available online.
3. How can companies be sure to appeal to every generation? (Do generations have different concerns and expectations?)
This upcoming generation is fast paced and technical. Offering virtual programs like Utilifit is a great way to appeal to the generation that checks their devices frequently. Still implement onsite visits for the generation that prefers to talk live with a health professional.
4. How can companies ensure their wellness efforts translate into tangible benefits for the company?
Monitor results through health screenings, including Blood pressure, BMI, body fat percentage, labs (if budget allows), and sick days.
5. Can you talk to the Affordable Care Act and how it can potentially support business’ wellness programs?
If the employees are able to get preventative care with the Affordable Health Care Act, they will benefit tremendously. It is way easier and less expensive to prevent disease then to treat it. The bottom line is if employees feel empowered to take control of their health and feel their employer supports them, then all parties will benefit.
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