Fall 2018

businesshealth® newsletter
Fall 2018 vol. 14-5

Promoting Health at Work

Employers who offer wellness programs are promoting health at work. Initiatives that support wellness reward employees with better health and a greater sense of well-being. They pay dividends to employers and their organizations through reduced costs and higher productivity. In this issue, we look at wellness from several points of view:

  • Our Editorial connects today’s wellness programs with an international tradition of health promotion. 
  • We see wellness from the perspective of a consultant who helps organizations launch and maintain wellness programs, and through the lens of a company with a successful wellness program. 
  • We learn more about obesity – why it is so difficult to conquer, why it is an appropriate target for wellness programs, and why a new approach is offering hope for change. 

Wellness and benefits

Research has shown that wellness programs can reduce costs, indirectly because of factors like fewer sick days and accidents and directly, because of reduced use of benefits, such as prescription medications. In contrast to reactive measures that pay for illness and accidents that have already occurred, wellness programs are preventive. In themselves, they may cost relatively little; in combination with the advantages of maintaining a healthy workforce, they are investments that drive long-term rewards.bh

In This Issue

Health promotion: The roots of workplace wellness By Judith Colbert, PhD, Editor, businesshealth bh - Ideas about health have changed over the years. They have moved from the cure and treatment of disease, to prevention and health promotion.  Read More »
Interview with Meaghan Jansen bh - Owner, International Speaker and Corporate Wellness Specialist with Employee Wellness Solutions Network (EWSNetwork) Read More »
Workplace wellness in action: CAA Club Group bh - Effective workplace wellness programs are comprehensive, well-planned, and designed to achieve long-term goals. Read More »
Obesity: An urgent focus for health promotion at work bh - Obesity is a growing threat to Canadian workplaces. It is estimated that from 2020 to 2030, the prevalence of obesity will rise from 25% to 30% of the Canadian population. Read More »
Doctor on Call Obesity bh - Interview with Shahebina Walji, MD, CCFP Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine Medical Director, Calgary Weight Management Centre Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Calgary Read More »
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