Monday, December 17, 2012

Use healthy habits and ergonomics to address obesity

Obesity is a major issue in the U.S. The disease is unfortunately growing every year, according to a recent report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. At the current rate, all 50 states could have obesity rates above 44 percent by 2013.

Overweight employees can significantly hike up health care and workers' compensation costs. However, the study highlights these expenses could be drastically reduced if states lowered their adult obesity rate. A mere 5 percent decrease translates to a savings worth billions of dollars, according to the study.

By encourage healthy habits in the office, employers can help bring down the rate and reduce their coverage costs.

Businesses can begin by evaluating how the office landscape promotes or discourages mobility and health. In addition, providing ergonomic business furniture helps employees stay comfortable through the workday. When workers avoid straining muscles and injuring their neck, back and arms, they're more open to consider exercise.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

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