Obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Every year, U.S. businesses spend billions of dollars on the healthcare of their employees for diseases that are impacted by obesity and inactivity such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and cancer. As technology continues to improve, the need for physical exertion on the job continues to decrease. For employees, demands of the job and fast-paced lifestyles pose a significant challenge to maintaining individual health. For employers, poor employee health leads to lower productivity, lower morale, higher absenteeism, and higher insurance claims.
If our communities are going to make strides in reducing obesity and employers are going to offset the rising costs of healthcare, then we need to reach employees where they spend most of their day...at work. Worksite health promotion programs are a convenient option for assisting employees in health and lifestyle areas that ultimately affect the company‘s bottom line. Research continues to show a return on investment to employers when they invest money in the health of their employees through comprehensive health promotion programs. Whether the employee or employer takes the initiative, worksites can be a great environment to create and support change.
Benchmarking/Assessment: Assessing the needs and priorities of your population in order to see where you are and where you want to get.
Supportive Environment: Providing an environment in which organizational values, policies, norms, and initiatives support a healthy work culture.
Integration: Making sure health promotion programs are embedded effectively within the structure of the organization.
Linkage: Linking health strategies and interventions to other employee support services to optimize reach and effectiveness.
Health Education: Implementing health promotion activities, interventions, strategies and programs that are evidence based and targeted to the needs of your employees.
Evaluation: Evaluating the impact of your activities to see if you are creating the change and achieving the outcomes you had hoped for.