A recent study suggests that 40 percent of the adult population in the United States will develop type 2 diabetes sometime during their life. The silver lining here is that diabetes can sometimes be prevented with lifestyle changes, and worksite health screenings are one effective way to catch the health issues that precede diabetes. How can an employer leverage health screenings to decrease the impact of this costly disease?
In my series on increasing disability concerns for employers, I’ve discussed a few diseases that are on the rise — obesity and diabetes. The last disease in the series can be less noticeable, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less of a threat.
Weight loss strategies are everywhere. They pop up on our computers, our cellphones and televisions because they have an audience. Consider this: In 2009, more than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7 percent) were considered obese.
It’s no secret that a healthy workforce can reduce health care expenditures, but employers may need to start paying extra attention to a few growing health concerns affecting today’s workers before it results in a strain on their bottom line.
When your employees go to the vending machine for a snack, do you know if they are making healthy choices? Employees who consistently make poor food choices, which can often lead to minor and, sometimes, severe health issues, could have a direct impact on your bottom line. Stressing healthy nutrition in the workplace might encourage a healthier lifestyle — in and out of the office — and could be your ticket to avoiding a disability claim.
Lately it seems that everywhere I turn, whether it’s in the break-room at work or in the lunchroom, I frequently hear people talking about being unhappy with their weight and how it prevents them from fitting into the latest fashion. Being overweight (or underweight, for that matter) impacts much more than what you wear.