If you’ve turned on the television recently or seen a local advertisement, you may have seen announcements highlighting heart health, wearing red, or lowering blood pressure. That is because February is American Heart Month!
Does this sound familiar? You walk into your organization’s onsite cafeteria and the first thing you see is the daily special. It’s a Giant Spicy Beef Burrito topped with Monterey Jack Cheese and served with chips and a medium drink for $5.99.
As a member of your wellness committee you think about the recent results of your needs and interest survey. Both your top health risks and top employee wellness related interests include diet-related preventable chronic diseases.
This is not surprising because nearly half of American adults have one or more preventable chronic diseases and about two-thirds are overweight or obese.1 In Massachusetts, that number is slightly less with almost 60% of the population overweight or obese.2
Worksite wellness programs are becoming more common as employers and employees realize that a healthy workplace comes with great benefits. For employers, a healthy workplace can lead to increases in employee productivity and retention, and decreases in absenteeism and healthcare costs. For employees, a worksite wellness program can help reduce their risks of chronic disease conditions and demonstrates their employers’ investment in employee health and wellbeing.