National Public Health Week (NPHW) begins April 4th and this year’s theme is Healthiest Nation 2030. The goal is to make the United States the healthiest nation in one generation by using cross-sectoral knowledge, resources and expertise to benefit communities across the country. Investing in public health has a demonstrated impact on the bottom line; employers, communities, states and our country as a whole benefit when people are healthier. For example, every $1 invested in an effective workplace safety program may save $4-$6 in avoided illness, injuries and fatalities1.
The priorities for this year’s NPHW include many issues that directly impact employers. Among them:
March is National Nutrition Month. 117 million Americans, about half of the population, have one or more preventable chronic diseases.1 Some of these diseases include cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and poor bone health. The aforementioned diseases have been shown to be related to poor quality eating patterns and physical inactivity.
Stretching is often taken for granted, but it’s one of the best things we can do for our bodies. It’s important for all of us, especially those of us with desk jobs or who sit for long stretches (pun intended), to stretch regularly throughout the day. Sitting for hours on end can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Even just a few minutes of expanding and lengthening our muscles does wonders to clear our minds and boost our energy. Best of all, it’s free and can be done anywhere! If you have trouble remembering to stretch every few hours, try setting a reminder on your computer or phone to stretch.