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Studies show exercise not only improves 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 conditions, like Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, heart disease and even early death.
Making informed decisions and improving nutrition can lead to a reduction in diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers and obesity. Stress at work can have a negative impact on employees’ health. It can cause some to turn to unhealthy food choices or habits. Employees are much more likely to stick to a healthy diet if their work environment provides healthy eating options.
A tobacco-free workplace stops employees’ contact with dangerous secondhand smoke and encourages smokers to quit. Quitting is hard. Most people need to try several times before they succeed in quitting for good. It is important to offer consistent support for those who want to quit.