On average, Americans working full time spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace, and 83% of the workforce spends that time in a sedentary job.
The price of inactivity has greatly contributed to the obesity rate of adult Americans. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which doubles the risk of heart disease and stroke.
That extra weight costs both American employees and organizations directly and indirectly. Annual healthcare costs for an obese employee is about $1429 higher than someone with normal weight.
When combined with other risk factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, all consequences of obesity, health-related productivity losses can add up to over $225 billion a year.
The Good News Employers are seeing the value of workplace wellness initiatives for their greatest resource, their employees! More and more large and small organizations are committing to health by offering health benefits, and seeing benefits in return.
According to the CDC, the potential benefits of a successful workplace health program are:
- Lower health care and disability costs,
- Enhanced employee productivity,
- Reduced employee absenteeism,
- Decreased rates of illness and injuries,
- Enhanced corporate image,
- Improved employee morale,
- Improved employee recruitment and retention, and
- Increased organizational commitment and creation of a culture of health.
- Increased well-being, self-image, and self-esteem
- Improved coping skills with stress or other factors affecting health
- Improved health status
- Lower costs for acute health issues
- Lower out of pocket costs for health care services
- Increased access to health promotion resources and social support
- Improved job satisfaction
- Safer and more supportive work environment
By creating a wellness environment, your company can help lower healthcare costs and protect your most important resource — your employees. In fact, research shows that for every $1 invested in worksite wellness, companies can receive up to $3 in return.
Get Your Company or School the Healthy Recognition it Deserves.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer in the U.S., and physical inactivity doubles the risk. This is a scary thought when you realize we spend most of our waking hours sitting behind our desks at work.
But all is not lost! If your organization becomes a Fit-Friendly Worksite, you can help lower the risk of heart disease for yourself and your coworkers.
Fit-Friendly Worksites are recognized by the American Heart Association as employers who go above and beyond when it comes to their employees’ health. With your help, your workplace can:
- Provide walking routes
- Promote walking programs and tracking tools
- Allow staff to wear athletic shoes on designated “sneaker days”
We have unique requirements for the different levels of recognition. And here is a brochure you may download and share with decision-makers in your organization. Take a look at the current lists of organizations considered to be Fit-Friendly:
Easy, Online Application Process
Becoming a Fit-Friendly Worksite is simple and fast with our online application tool. Visit www.heart.org and take your first step in becominga Fit-Friendly Worksite!