Why should you implement a physical activity program?
Potential benefits to employers:
Workplace programs also have the potential to go beyond the workplace. A study done at IBM, participants completed a voluntary web-based program and earned $150 rebate. They chose family goals, such as limiting fast food, walking children to school, limiting video games or involving children in meal preparation.
The study found that family physical activity increased by 17.1 percent. The study authors suggest the results show that employers can improve some short-term behaviors in children and parents.
Potential benefits to employees:
For a workplace program to be effective at increasing physical activity, consider the following:
Find out how much physical inactivity is costing your workplace with the Physical Inactivity Cost Calculator
Explore Diabetes at Work for ways to develop a workplace diabetes initiative.
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