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  • Karen Seal

    Professional Health Services, Inc.

  • Good physical, mental and emotional health

    Maintained by an appropriate diet, exercise, and other lifestyle modifications.

    US costs of obesity among full-time employees is $73.1 billion! That’s the same as hiring 1.8 million workers per year at a salary of $42,000.

    Costs of being overweight:  Men: $322 (overweight)-

    $6087 (obese grade III)

     Women: $797 (overweight)- $6694 (obese grade III)

  • Reduced energy, at work & at home

    Reduced concentration, leading to


    Poor attitude due to personal


    Overall low morale because people just

    don’t feel as well as they can

  • Obesity rate – over 20% in 49 states!

     The leading causes of death in the US are:

     Heart Disease & Stroke – 31%

     Cancer – 23.2%

     Accidents – 5.1%

     Alzheimer’s Disease – 3.1%

    Most of these are age-associated, and

    increasing as the population ages.

  •  Average age of worker in your industry is

    45.7 years old, vs. National average of 42.1


    Many Americans don’t see a doctor once a


     22.7% of 18-44 year olds

     15.4% of 45-64 year olds

  • Muscle strength & bone density decreases

     Reaction time and neurological function


     Senses decline – hearing, vision

     Increase in fatigue, shortness of breath, and

    a lowered capacity for physical exertion

  •  Shift workers have increased risk of:

     Injury or accident

     Cardiovascular disease – 40% higher

     Diabetes – 50% higher

     Cancer – breast, colorectal, & prostate

     Depression

     The negative effects start as soon as 10 days

    after shift work begins

  • Workers are aging, so will have:

     Delayed reaction times

     Fatigue faster

     Difficulty performing functions they previously


     Greater likelihood of injury

    Obesity increases likelihood of injury, illness,

    and death

  • Operators sit all day  back injuries

     Linemen are active all day, but usually don’t

    prevent injuries by stretching

     Administrative staff - glued to computers

     Leadership & others – working long hours,

    lacking sleep & proper nutrition

  •  Raise the awareness!

    Discuss wellness at safety meetings

     Implement exercise breaks and stretching


     Put healthier options in the vending


     Create some personal challenges, & share


  •  Lowers the risk of stroke by 27%

     Reduces the incidence of diabetes by 50%

     Reduces the incidence of high bp by 40%

     Reduces the risks of many cancers

     Reduces the risk of developing Alzheimers’s

    by 40%

  • Decreases depression

    Decreases obesity and all its associated


  •  Stretch!

     Long hours outside – sun protection is


    Hydrate & Stay in the Shade

     Limit time outside between 10am-2pm if possible

     Emphasize importance of covering up with hats,

    long sleeves, sun screen

     Buy Broad Spectrum sunscreen with SPF > 15

     Must re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours

  •  Sitting for prolonged periods

     Increases risk of back injury like slipped disks

     Increases mortality rate by nearly 20%!

    Make twice daily exercise or stretch breaks

     Come up with fun challenges that get people

    moving around

  •  In a group of fire fighters, the costs of injury decreased almost $150,000 in stretchers vs. nonstretchers

     Sample stretching program:

     5 minute warm-up prior to stretching – walk, jog, jumping jacks, etc

     Use static stretches – hold stretch constant for 30 seconds, don’t bounce

     3-4 repetitions per muscle group

     Trained instructors should lead stretches

     Tailor stretches to job duties

     Company commitment to the work time and overhead costs

     Stretch throughout day – ex. morning & after lunch

     Monitor compliance

  •  Change out the vending machines…slowly

    Have walking meetings

     Change out the candy jar for dried fruit

    packets or nuts

    Notice behavior changes & encourage them

    Make a personal commitment, and tell

    someone about it

     Challenge them to join you

  •  Vegetarian lunch Mondays

    Walking meeting Tuesdays

    Get 7-8 hours of sleep Wednesday evening!

    Walking lunch Thursdays

    No-intercom Fridays

     Change it out

     Park your car further away all week

     Use the stairs wherever possible

  •  Find champions, wherever you can

     Who is already exemplifying a wellness lifestyle?

     Form teams, create challenges

     What fun ways can we get people involved?

     Promote family events

     Local charity walks

     Take small steps

  • Nutrition – sample meals, recipes, grocery

    lists, new nutritional guidelines

     Exercise – different types of exercises,

    benefits of exercising, problems people face

     Importance of regular check-ups with their


     Provide information on warning signs for

    health risks

  •  Incentivize  Structure of rewards:  Participation

     Reaching a goal

     Tiered

     Rewards:  Reduction in premiums

     Gift certificate or gift card

     Day off

     Gym membership

     Attendance to a special event

     Item of some kind

     Entry into a raffle to win a big prize

  •  Evaluate where your company is now

     If you have a program, examine the program

    and search for ways to improve

     If you don’t have a program, get together a

    group of champions

    How do your safety professionals integrate


     Into their lives?

     Into their meetings?

  • What message is your entire company

    sending about wellness?

     What foods are you serving at company


    What are you doing now in your wellness and

    safety programs?

     Do they work together, or at odds?

    How do you talk to your workers about


    What message is coming from leadership?

  • Make a wellness committee to control and

    modify the program if one doesn’t exist

    Qualitative - Employee feedback &

    satisfaction through surveys, suggestion box,

    or focus groups

    Quantitative - Participation numbers,

    completion rates, changes in biometric

    information, changes in HRA results

  •  Risks facing your workforce are increasing as

    they age

    Wellness and safety go hand in hand

     Integrate wellness into your safety program

     Educate!


     Evaluate!

     Think about what your company is doing now,

    both for wellness and safety, and build upon