MANY EMPLOYEES ARE NOT HEALTHY
- 125M Americans have a chronic disease that is preventable through lifestyle modification.
- 60% of Canadian adults have at least one chronic disease.
- In the US, 1/3 of adults are overweight, and another 1/3 are obese.
- Only 15% of Canadian adults achieve the recommended level of physical activity.
CHRONIC DISEASE IS LARGELY PREVENTABLE THROUGH LIFESTYLE CHOICES
- Physical inactivity alone is estimated to cause 27% of cases of diabetes and about 30% of ischaemic heart disease cases.
- 80% of the cases of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease are preventable through physical activity, healthy eating, abstaining from tobacco, and avoiding abuse of alcohol.
- Physical activity has been shown to lower elevated blood pressure, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, help control weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve mental health and mood, and increase longevity.
- Only 15% of Canadian adults achieve the recommended level of physical activity
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES ARE COMMON IN THE WORKPLACE
- Approximately 25% of Americans say that stress has a very strong or strong impact on their physical or mental health.
- Approximately 80% of people with depression report some level of functional impairment, and 27% report serious difficulties at work and home life. Within a 3-month period, depressed workers miss an average of 4.8 workdays and suffer an additional 11.5 days of reduced productivity.
- Lockheed Martin estimated that the prevalence of depression among its employees to be 13.9%, resulting in a productivity loss of 7.6%, or $3420 per depressed employee.
COST OF ABSENTEEISM
- Absenteeism – In Canada, it is estimated that the direct costs of absenteeism is equivalent to 2.4% of the total national payroll, or approximately $1600 per employee per year. The average worker is absent 9-10 days per year.
- The U.S. Department of Labor estimates an absence rate due to illness of 1.9%.
COST OF PREENTEEISM
- The business impact of presenteeism can be significant, and often exceed those of absenteeism. For example, using objective measures, U.S.-based Bank One found presenteeism to account for 63% of the total health related costs related to employee illness.
A HEALTHY EMPLOYEE IS A PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYEE
- Healthy employees tend to be absent less.
- Program ROIs vary according to program design and employee populations. Positive ROIs are achievable with well-designed and well-run programs.
- Do you think that happier, healthier, and more energetic employees may help your business?
Our primary objective is to produce measurable health benefits for your employees that are sustainable
To accomplish this we use evidence based strategies that have been proven to work. Our program’s success is based on four pillars:
Measurable results require high participation rates. Baseline assessments are tailored to each individual’s interests and objectives. Some employees are already doing great. Others are concerned about a specific health problem, or want to live a healthier life by exercising more, losing weight, reducing stress, sleeping better, etc. No lengthy health risk assessment to complete. Employees choose the modules that are meaningful to them at that moment in time and can spend as little as a couple of minutes assessing their baseline health metrics. The results are simple yet informative and meaningful. Our researchers invented the concept of “Cardiovascular Age” which is now copied world-wide. Knowing if you heart is aging faster than you are can be highly motivating as demonstrated in our published studies.
Make it Fun with Gamification
It is impossible to motivate anyone for long if the experience is negative or boring. Making it fun is critical and we have been doing this with adults and teenagers for years. Few individuals will track forever so keep it short and demonstrate the improved benefits as soon as they begin to emerge.
One of the great challenges in dealing with human beings is no two are exactly the same. Individualization and customization allows each individual to build a health journey that works for them.
Each company is different. State of the art analytics track your results, to ensure that your program is meeting your objectives. Develop and enhance what is working for you. Modify and improve initiatives that fall short.
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