Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council on June 3 will launch its Employee Wellness week as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. The week-long effort will provide information the public can use to make healthier lifestyle decisions to reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease.
If people made the choices to eat better, engage in more physical activity, reduce the harmful use of alcohol and quite smoking, at least 80% of all heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes – and over a third of cancers – could be prevented, according to the World Health Organization.
Physical activity and eating healthy are foundational to employee wellness. To support these habits, NSC will also be rolling out the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award Plus challenge – 30 minutes of activity five days a week, along with a weekly healthy eating goal, for six out of eight weeks. The challenge provides and interactive way to start making healthier choices.
Tips to promote employee wellness:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
- Take a brisk walk during your lunch hour
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks
- Go for a bike ride after work
- Choose lean sources of protein – such as seafood, turkey and chicken breast, eggs and beans
- Join a sports league or go to a gym
The Council is calling on organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and quizzes are available for free download at nsc.org/nsm. Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote employee wellness.
NSC thanks all of the National Safety Month sponsors, including Grainger, Proto Industrial Tools and Toyota and for their commitment to safety.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council (nsc.org) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety and safety beyond the workplace.