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What can employers do about obesity?

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Obesity can be a big problem in the work place. Obese workers have less energy and are more likely to fall ill, reducing productivity and potentially increasing company healthcare costs. But employers don't have to wait for their workers to get healthier. They can help. Recently, Forbes featured an article listing 10 things that businesses can do to fight widespread obesity. Here are some highlights:

  • Create a healthy environment. Recent studies have shown that sitting for long periods of time is much worse for our health than previously thought. Some have even begun to compare it to smoking. Workplaces should invest in standing desks so employees can stay more active and
    more alert throughout the day.

  • Cut the cost of healthy living. Unfortunately, healthy living costs money. Fresh foods and vegetables are often more expensive than fast food. Gym memberships aren't cheap, either. Employers can help by providing more fresh produce in the office kitchen, and either subsidizing gym memberships or providing exercise facilities on site.

  • employers-and-obesity-featured-image.pngBosses can be coaches. Well, maybe not literally. But there is something to be said for helping employees track their daily calorie intake and physical activity levels. There are a number of useful wearable devices and software programs out there that firms can offer. Sometimes, all it takes is a little information to get people moving.

    Are you or your company interested in controlling your long-term employee benefit costs? If so, consider Kelsey-Seybold, which offers KelseyCare powered by Cigna, KelseyCare administered by Boon-Chapman, and UnitedHealthcare Charter. Our health plans may be able to help save you 15 to 30 percent while providing your workers with high quality, affordable healthcare. Contact us today!

Learn how we can save you 15-30% on your company's total medical costs.

Posted by Christine L. Tricoli

Christine Tricoli is manager of Business Development for Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. She joined Kelsey-Seybold in 2004. She is responsible for developing new business relationships with key business leaders, plan sponsors and the brokerage community. Prior to joining Kelsey-Seybold, Christine was a senior sales account executive for a major health insurance company in the Houston market. She brings more than 30 years of experience in managed healthcare in Houston. Christine holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Group 1 Insurance License. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Topics: weight, weight loss, Employer, health, Healthcare

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