Employer Wellness Programs - Can They Lower Health Care Costs?
Some employers offer wellness programs to help educate staff on healthy-living. These training programs often cover health topics such as managing blood pressure, healthy eating, weight management, stress management, cholesterol management, cancer prevention, exercise programs and heart healthy lifestyles. Teaching the basics of these topics is a great way to start employees on a healthy lifestyle path.
I worked in the health care industry for many years and now realize that I took for granted the ongoing health education we received as employees. The medical center I worked for held classes that taught us about diet, exercise and the importance of a healthy lifestyle. I was offered free health screenings once a year and when I quit smoking (I quit because they made it so inconvenient that it was easier to quit than to stand outside in the rain or cold), I participated in a lunch walking program that was available to staff. This experience helped me form a habit of walking and daily exercise that I have maintained to this day.Continued on the next page
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