Health risk factors

5 ‘Risk Factors’ Workplace Wellness Can Address

Often, straightforward is best. Healthcare Trends Institute offers five “Important Risk Factors” that workplace wellness programs can address.

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Exercise: “Get employees moving – motivate them to be more physically active. Regular physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, heart disease, etc. Numerous studies show that a physically active workforce is less absent and more productive, which is good for the organization. Additionally, studies show heading to the gym three times a week has been linked to higher pay by 7% for men and 12% for women, which is good for employees.”

Nutrition: “There is a growing body of evidence to support the need for implementing nutritional advice and apps into employees’ everyday lives… A good first step companies can take is to team up with vendor partners to boost better snacking habits and work performance.”

Tobacco Cessation: “Employees who smoke cost employers up to $1,632 more per year than non-smokers. Where as tobacco cessation initiatives cost an average of $1.20 to $4.80 per employee per year. Smokers have higher health insurance premiums and often experience higher claims.”

Stress Management: “Creating time for employees to engage in brief periods of physical activity, socialize with coworkers or visit with a mental health care provider during the day can prevent chronic stress and decrease this risk factor.”

Sleep: ” Regular, quality sleep has so many important health and wellbeing efforts, it’s becoming a priority to employers.”