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Studies show that not only does exercise improve physical health, it also helps reduce depression and anxiety. A key way to encourage wellness is to offer employees ways to be active during the workday. This can lead to better health, more productivity and an increased ability to handle stress. A person who has low levels of physical activity can be at risk for many long-lasting conditions, like Type II diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease and even early death.
Making informed decisions and improving nutritious eating can lead to a reduction in diabetes, hypertension, some cancers and obesity. Stress in the workplace can also have a negative impact on employees’ health and cause some to turn to unhealthy food choices or habits as a coping mechanism. The workplace is a convenient place to promote behaviors such as healthy eating and influence employees’ food choices because one or more daily meals are usually consumed in the workplace. Employees are much more likely to stick to a healthy diet if their work environment supports and promotes healthy eating.
A tobacco-free workplace stops employees’ contact with dangerous secondhand smoke and encourages smokers to quit. Quitting is difficult. Most people who try to quit usually need to try a number of times before they succeed in quitting for good. It is important to offer consistent, reliable support for those who want to quit.