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How employers can help combat obesity at work

Posted by Julio Iturriaga

In an effort to curb healthcare spending, businesses may create campaigns geared toward reducing their employees' risk of chronic conditions. Among these, obesity is one of the most expensive for employers - it costs companies as much as $73.1 billion annually, according to recent studies. This total comes from more than just the cost of treating obesity and its long list of related diseases but also from the burden of absenteeism and reduced productivity due to poor health. Therefore, organizations that are committed to combating obesity in their workplace stand to gain not just health and wellbeing, but also healthcare costs and improved business performance. 

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Here's a list of ways you can reduce the risk of obesity at your office:

Integrate wellness into your culture No matter the goal, implementing substantial, lasting change in a company requires not just a list of new initiatives, but commitment and prioritization from its leaders. Achieving company-wide buy-in will make it easier for you to obtain the resources and support as you strive toward your wellness goals. 

Make it easy to eat well While there's far more to obesity than a poor diet, eating balanced meals can help prevent excess weight gain, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Consider nutrition when stocking office vending machines, catering company events and bringing in snacks to reward hard work. Incorporate whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat and dairy products whenever you can. 

Promote work-life balance Although obesity might present as a physical illness, it can be caused by psychological triggers. A recent study linked chronic job stress to obesity, suggesting high-pressure job environments may contribute to a person's risk of the disease. While you may not be able to change certain aspects of your employees' job, making an effort to promote work-life balance can help reduce stress. Offering telecommuting options or a more flexible work schedule can go a long way toward making your employees more comfortable, and perhaps more healthy, at work. 

Posted by Julio Iturriaga

Julio Iturriaga is the manager of Sales and Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic.

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Topics: obesity, Employer, Employee health

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