We hear a lot about hazardous work conditions in mines, in oil fields and on construction sites but talk very little about the hazards of working in an office. There is a ton of information out there that now tells us that sitting all day at a desk is almost as bad for our health than smoking. Increased risk of diabetes, of cancer and of heart disease are commonly listed as being associated with sitting at a desk all day.
Recognizing these health hazards,Virgin Pulse in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance created National Employee Wellness Month in 2009. Every year now, in June, we try to refocus on employee wellness. This year will mark the 6th year.
What is it?
“National Employee Wellness Month helps business leaders learn how companies successfully engage employees in healthy lifestyles. It showcases how companies can support employees by creating healthy cultures, improving their health and well-being while lowering healthcare costs and driving engagement.”
Want to participate? Need help? Need ideas on how to help your employees get healthier? Check out the National Employee Wellness Month website for testimonials, resources, ideas, news and insights.
Here’s an idea… how about starting with a commitment not to have donuts sitting around the office in June? Then you can start working on July!