We are the most unfit nation in the world. Poor diet and physical inactivity is moving up the ranks, straight to the top spot for America’s number one cause of death. The Center of Disease Control said that in Michigan, the adult obesity rate rose almost 10% in ten years. This health trend produces an annual cost of 117 billion dollars for health insurance companies, a number that is predicted to steadily increase over time.
What does this mean for companies and their owners? It means a workforce that is physically inactive with poor diets bringing a troubled future for the company and the employee’s quality of life. Take a look at these statistics predicted for the near future in health:
- 36% more for medical costs
- 77 % more for medications
- Increased sick days
- Decreased worker productivity at work
- Overall decrease enthusiasm in the workplace
What can companies and employees do? Employees should get their companies to offer on site exercise classes before and after work. Better yet, get your company to set aside space and money for a small company gym for all employees. Or, see if you can get your employer to provide an employee allowance for participation in an exercise program like the Forever Fit Trainer provides. If you are a company owner, look into these ideas for your work force. Invest in your employees and it will come back ten fold in energy and production.