For most people, healthy living is challenge and at
times even an illusion. With work activities taking
up more than 60% of one’s day, any spare time left
is spent on other pressing matters.
Therefore since we are a society with never ending
responsibilities, forgoing daily selfcare practices has
become the norm. Why? Other matters are simply
perceived to be higher in priority.
- More than half of all Canadians are inactive and consume unhealthy diets.
- In Canada, within a 10 year period (1994 to 2005), rates of high blood pressure rose by 77%, diabetes by 45% and obesity by 18%.
- Studies indicate that 1 in 4 Canadians experience some form of stress related illness each year
It’s then no surprise when the vitality of a hardworking citizen, implicitly exhibits stress, discomfort, and frustration due to the absence of health and balance.
Because 90% of Canadians deal with at least one metabolic risk factor,
while 45% struggle with three or more risk factors. (Metabolic risk factors
are linked to chronic disease i.e are: high blood pressure, or abdominal
Because the number 1 reason for casual absenteeism is the dreaded,
self-proclaimed “Mental Health Day”!
Once the correlation between individual health habits (i.e. poor stress
management, lack of nutritious diet, insufficient sleep, smoking, physical
inactivity) and employee performance is understood, it is evident that
implementing a strategic workplace wellness program is the answer.
Reaching your organization’s full potential isn’t as hard as you may think!
What’s the ANSWER?
Everyone recognizes that a healthy
individual is much better equipped to deal
with never ending demands of everyday life.
So, if we want to thrive as individuals,
communities and organizations we must
ensure we are doing what’s required to
maintain good health.
Given that take lack of time, lack of knowledge and location are top barriers for
making wellness a priority, health promotion efforts at work are the answer to
overcoming these challenges.