It is 3 p.m. and you can feel your energy level begin to drop. With a deadline looming, napping is out of the question and you do not want another cup of coffee.
So what do you do to get over the 3 p.m. slump? Grab a few co-workers and try taking a brisk walk around the office. Even in short increments, a walk can help give you more energy, sleep better at night and stave of high blood pressure.
During the month of May, we’ll be giving special attention to the topic of workplace wellness. From giving tips on how to incorporate a little exercise into your day to showing examples of our customers who are actively encouraging workplace wellness, we want to make sure you have the tools you need to create healthy habits while you are at work.
Why We Focus on Wellness
According to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, health care costs for someone with a chronic disease are five times higher each year than for someone with no chronic disease. Obese men spend an additional $1,152 per person each year on health care than their peers. Obese women spend an additional $3,613. Conditions like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and asthma can either be prevented or easily managed by leading a healthy lifestyle.
By implementing wellness programs, research shows that employers reap benefits in productivity, absenteeism, morale, recruitment success, turnover and medical care costs. The Rehmann Group, an accounting firm based in Saginaw, is an example of a customer that has benefited from engaging their employees in a comprehensive wellness program.
How We Focus on Wellness
Our Win By Losing weight-loss competition runs two times a year. It’s a way for teams from across the state to vie for bragging rights while losing weight. In the process, participants win by gaining healthy habits that can be used for a lifetime. And our support for those participants does not end when the winners are revealed. Everyone who is insured by BCBSM has access to our team of registered nurses and health educators, so their health can be a focus all year.
The spring 2012 edition of Win By Losing this year saw 1,869 people participating on 57 teams. In total, they lost just over 7,774 pounds in nine weeks. Since BCBSM started the program in 2009, 5,186 people have lost 28,928 pounds!
How You Can Participate
One simple way is to follow our blog, A Healthier Michigan, for health and wellness related tips. Watch our YouTube channel during the month of May as we focus on wellness. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow the #WellnessWeds hashtag for tips on staying healthy. You are also invited to share your best tips for incorporating wellness into your life with us as well.
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