The Health To Wealth Strategy*

Thursday, 3 October 2019, By Max Freeman

Did you know that in a recent survey conducted on Australian workers:

  • 62% are overweight of which 28% are clinically obese 
  • 10% are completely inactive
  • 46% are on high saturated fat diets and only 8% consume 5 or more serves of fruit and vegetables per day
  • 53% of Australian workers feel stressed or overwhelmed
  • 56% are participating in medium to high risk behaviours such as daily smoking and excess alcohol consumption
  • 56% of employees get less than 7 hours of sleep
  • 21% have experienced a medical condition in the last three months including back and neck pain (29%), heart disease (21%), migraine headaches (14%), asthma (13%) and depression (13%)

The issue is, this leads to an increase in lifestyle related disease, an increase in absenteeism, as well as a decrease in presenteeism (being at work, but due to illness or other health conditions, not fully functioning).

With Australians spending approximately 1/3 of their life at work, the workplace has now been recognised as a priority setting for health promotion by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian government.

What does the evidence say? According to Chapman (2007) *

  • 96% of "Best Practice" Australian organisations implemented health and wellbeing initiatives during the last 12months
  • Organisation that didn't promote health and wellness were four times more likely to lose talent in the next 12 months
  • Workplace health programs results in 

                 -  a 25% decrease in sick leave absenteeism

                 -  40.7% decrease in workers compensation costs

                 -  24.2% decrease in disability management costs

                 -  $5.81 saving for every $1 invested in employee well being

  • ​Research also showed where workplace health is managed well, financial performance increases more than 2.5 times.

If you believe your workplace or business would benefit from a better understanding around your health, get in contact for a free corporate wellness workshop where we can provide:

  • Corporate Wellness Seminars
  • Complimentary onsite Bioscans
  • Complimentary health consultations

 

Max Freeman

Director- Vision Personal Training Bondi Junction

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) B.Com; B.ExPhys

 

*Chapman, L.S 2007, Proof Positive. Analysis of the Cost Effectiveness of Worksite Wellness, Seattle: Chapman Institute.

 

 

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