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At Work Weight Loss Program: Could it Benefit You?

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At Work Weight Loss Program: Could it Benefit You?

November 29, 2016
By Stefania Viscusi
Assignment Desk, Content Management

Maybe you haven’t thought about weight loss yet. After all, we just got over the big Thanksgiving meal and we’re fast approaching Christmas holidays – where food will be EVERYWHERE. But after that comes New Years and resolutions and everyone’s attempt at committing to a healthier lifestyle.  

Not only will gyms be flooded with new members, but purchases of diet plans and programs are likely to also see a spike.

The corporate world is now starting to understand the benefits of healthy workers and has gotten on the bandwagon to help employees shed pesky pounds or just be healthier overall.

These work wellness programs offer a chance to compete, be accountable, and get health on the brains of the many obese adults today.

Especially for office workers, who are spending hours in front of the computer answering emails, compiling reports, researching – and then going home to do the same on their down time with social media and other outlets. It’s easy to understand why obesity has become such an epidemic.

For those in human resources, using a work wellness program is a great way to help workers who are  overweight and it can also benefit others since health and wellness isn’t just about numbers on the scale.

One recent article takes a closer look at the ways HR professionals can start getting wellness programs into their workplaces and the benefits it will provide outside of just physical health.

Feeling strong, improving stress levels, stretching our underused limbs and getting your mind and body right can make a big difference.

Asking employees what they’d like out of a wellness program is a great place to start. Not everyone wants to be committed to “weighing in” in front of office peers in an attempt to lose weight for a prize. There are other options – and better ones – that focus on changing behaviors and adding in healthier lifestyle choices over a long period of time that work well.

Employee engagement and retention seem to be the biggest factors in getting onboard with work wellness programs. A company that shows it cares enough about employees and is offering ways to support their weight loss and other health journeys can foster a better overall environment. Happier employees always equate to better, more efficient work. 

Edited by Alicia Young

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