Nine in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for stroke. The good news is that almost 80% of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented by making a few lifestyle changes.1
Encouraging healthy habits in your organization, such as eating well, being active, managing stress and not smoking, can all have a large impact on the health of your employees — by reducing high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes.
Stock vending machines with nutritional options instead of pop, chips and chocolate bars. Keep a bowl of bananas, oranges and apples next to the water cooler. Consider creating a workplace wellness eblast with healthy eating and living tips.
Make being active part of a daily routine. Work at a desk all day? Get up, stretch and move around every 30 minutes. Take the stairs. Go for a walk at lunch. Join a sports team or head to the gym before or after work a few days a week.
This may be easier said than done, but schedule time for relaxing activities. It may be a reading book or listening to music. Take a break from social media. Schedule some “me” time to meditate.
Smoking is a huge risk factor for stroke, heart disease and cancer. Quitting is the best thing you can do. Inform people about smoking cessation options that may be covered by company benefits.
In addition, implementing a comprehensive wellness strategy has been shown to:
- Reduce the incidence of illness and absence costs
- Increase employee engagement
- Improve recruitment and decrease voluntary turnover
Does your company have a wellness strategy?
Acclaim Ability Management has developed three WellAbility Plans depending on your organization’s existing resources and budget.
Learn more about Acclaim’s WellAbilityPlan and find out how we can help you decrease illness costs and boost employee engagement and productivity. You can also email email@example.com or call us at 877.867.6064.
1 Information and statistics are sourced from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at www.heartandstroke.ca.