Impact on the Workplace
Many Americans work in a setting where they are at a desk or on their feet and lack movement all day. And for most, there is added stress and pressure through bad posture or repetitive motions.
Physical inactivity can put a person at increased risk for poor health conditions including chronic disease, illnesses and mental health issues. Physical activity does not just refer to movement and exercise, but the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders through the proper performance of activities as well.
A survey of CEOs found that "healthier employees" is the number one reason why companies choose to implement health promotion programs.
People who are physically inactive are more likely to be overweight or obese and are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke and high cholesterol.
According to the World Health Organization, workplace physical activity programs can:
Although many of these health conditions are linked to physical inactivity, it is just as important to include nutrition and healthy eating in a program in order to address controllable factors that affect health. Family safety and health programs that address physical activity and nutrition are more likely to see significant changes.
Diabetes Data & Trends
Resources showing the effect of diabetes on public health, including county-level esimates of diagnosed diabetes. Use this tool to compare employee diabetes rates to county rates and to set program goals.
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