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May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month

Employers are beginning to recognize the benefits of having a healthier workforce.

Not only will a worksite wellness program help decrease health care cost, but employees are more satisfied and productive at work. Global Employee Health and Fitness Month is a wonderful opportunity for employers to introduce health promotion in the workplace.

During the month of May, consider these activities:

  • Form a Walk on Wednesday Group.
  • Challenge your staff to drink 64 ounces of water each day.
  • Email staff a health tip each day or at the beginning of the week.
  • Have an hourly stretch break.
  • Have all meetings standing. (Those meetings will be short!)
  • Offer fruit baskets for employees.
  • Challenge employees to bring a healthy lunch each day instead of eating out.

Your company may want to create a company-wide policy incorporating physical activity into the workplace.

It is essential to have favorable senior leadership to support a healthier work environment. This will not only benefit the employee, but also helps to lower healthcare costs.

Go to www.healthandfitnessmonth.com to learn more and see what other companies are doing.

This is Sheila Harrell with the Church Health Center.

If you have a question for Life Matters, send it to health@wkno.org