Employees Most Concerned About Getting Fat
When it comes to health issues, you and your colleagues are more worried about losing weight than anything else -- even stress, according to a Tell It Now poll recently released by ComPsych Corporation. Almost 40 percent of the employees surveyed said that weight loss was their top health concern this year, while only 23 percent said stress was their most important health issue.
"With more and more individuals slipping into the overweight category, it's no surprise that weight management is a top issue this year," said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. "Stress levels are also unusually high, given the additional workloads many have taken on during a recovering economy."
Exercise, eating healthier and quitting smoking were also on the list of employee health concerns, in the following order:
- 39 percent said "weight loss"
- 23 percent said "stress"
- 22 percent said "exercise"
- 7 percent said "diet improvement"
- 5 percent said "quitting smoking"
- 4 percent said "other"
Major employers are finding that it's important to target employee behavior and lifestyle issues before they lead to significant illnesses. It's important for the well-being of the employee, but also can be instrumental in keeping both absenteeism and health care costs down. Check to see if your employers offer perks, in addition to health insurance, such as:
- Health risk assessments and screenings
- Fitness club or gym membership reimbursement or special deals
- Online health management tools including diet and exercise programs
- Flu shots on the premises
- Targeted programs such as tobacco cessation, weight management, stress reduction
- Healthy eating alternatives that are highlighted in the company cafeteria
- Lunch-time or pre-work fitness groups, such as power walking or working out in the company gym
If your employer doesn't offer benefits like this, it never hurts to ask about them. Some of them, like a power walking club, you can even start yourself. Showing your employer that you're interested in in more than just punching the time clock and collecting a paycheck might be good for your professional health as well.
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