Why Should I Care About Wellness?
The leading causes of morbidity, mortality, and disability in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. These chronic diseases have well known behavioral, social, and environmental risk factors and can be prevented on a large scale.
Why Have Wellness at the Worksite?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that at least 50% of individual health status and associated health care costs are directly related to lifestyle choices. By incorporating wellness into the worksite, employers have discovered ways to descrease soaring health care costs and lost productivity. Health promotion is good for employees and good for business.
Did You Know?
- To be successful in motivating lifestyle change, you need to create a culture where the healthy choice becomes the easy choice.
- The typical employee will experience more than 250 unhealthy messages in a single day.
- Senior level support is critical to the success of any worksite health initiative.
- Wellness is not what we do to people, but what we do for them.
Penny Paul, B.S. Social Work
CCHD Health Promotion Specialist
Visit http://welcoa.org/ for more information on wellness.
Sources: CDC, WELCOA