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Workers want chill out zones; gym memberships, company events, and company challenges are becoming the norm.  Many people today are asking on the interview if there are any health-related benefits or perks for working with the company, and more and more are making their decisions about working with a company based on fitness or wellness benefits.

Desk-bound workers should stand up for at least two hours a day to improve their health and wellbeing, according to a British study.

The results of the study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, suggest that workers should stand and do light walking for at least two hours a day.

This total can be built up gradually throughout the working day rather than all in one go.

Ideally, according to the report, standing/light walking should then be increased to four hours per day.

Research shows that sustained sitting can greatly increase the risk of chronic disease, such as heart disease and diabetes, and premature death.

The report also highlights that workers should move around more frequently because even “prolonged static standing” can be as harmful as sitting for long periods.

The report recommends the use of stand-up desks and standing breaks to promote standing and physical activity during the working day.

It notes that Australian studies found the promotion of sit-stand desks and standing breaks improved both worker health and productivity.

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The Key

Employee wellness programs have become a staple in many corporations as a way to attract top talent, keep them happy and productive, and decrease employee turnover. In fact, 80% of employees at companies with robust health and wellness programs feel engaged and cared for by their employers.

The key to having a successful corporate wellness program is by encouraging overall well-being while still keeping it fun.  If you can’t get your team engaged then your wellness program ideas will quickly lose steam. So make your initiatives fun, try new ideas and see what your team values the most.

Some Great Ideas:

  1. Try to get in 10,000 steps a day; when you take a break walk around the block, through the park or around the building, you may be surprised at what you see and learn.  You can use Mobile Apps or pedometers to track steps during work hours.
  2. Provide your employees with healthy office snacks, great pick-me-ups for the day especially around 2 to 3 pm when energy levels drop to their lowest for the day.  You need a great pick-me-up? Some of the latest trends are healthy energy shots–for more info Visit Our Website. An assortment of teas is a really good choice as well, green tea, etc.
  3. Create a “Healthy Office Cookbook” – ask employees to share their favorite recipes and circulate around the office or on a downloadable document.
  4. Publish a workplace wellness newsletter highlighting the best fitness, nutrition, and educational content from around the web. Set up separate google alerts for “fitness,” “nutrition,” and “wellness education” and select “only the best results”. Compile the best articles each week or month into one email and send out for your employees to enjoy.
  5. Standing Desks as we mentioned earlier are good for periods of time throughout the day.
  6. Start a Smoking Incentive program – If you have people that take say four or five smoke breaks a day, have a cash prize set up weekly for the person that goes less – or not at all during work hours. In a study conducted by The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Wharton School, employees who were financially incentivized to quit smoking were three times more successful at ditching the habit than non-incentivized employees.
  7. Have get-together time for staff and family but don’t waste time and energy on corporate wellness initiatives that employees don’t find engaging or beneficial. Use Survey Monkey or Google Forms to create a survey to collect feedback from employees.

Companies that try to put some of these things in place seem to have happier staff and less job turnover.  Let’s face it, every company cannot compete with all the perks you get at Google, but then again, some perks are better than none!

For more ideas and information on great energy drinks, checking out healthy recipes, or submitting your own for people interested in healthy lifestyles then go to our website:  www.livecleanlivewell.com

Have a great day CJ Henderson

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