Posted by Cindi Davis
Having healthy employees will only benefit you in the long run. Encouraging them to get healthy and stay that way may be another matter entirely. Helping your workers adopt healthier behaviors, such as increased levels of physical activity, improved eating habits, decreased stress levels, and cessation of tobacco use, can all help them prevent or lower their risk of health risks. So, what can you do to promote wellness in the workplace? You can start with some motivation from a professional medical speaker.
Motivational speakers come from a place of familiarity. They’ve been overweight and out of shape, with poor diets and fitness lifestyles, but they’ve figured out ways to bounce back from that and become healthy. Or, perhaps they’re doctors, nutritionists, or health and wellness experts who make it their life’s work to promote healthy living. Whatever the case, hiring a medical speaker from Pastorini-Bosby Talent in Houston for your next employee gathering can spur on your employees and get them excited about adopting a healthier lifestyle.
PB Talent has a wide pool of health and wellness experts to choose from, whether authors, celebrities, chefs or doctors. For example, Ali Vincent, winner of NBC’s The Biggest Loser season five, is available for speaking engagements to talk about how she accomplished her weight loss goals while in the limelight. Adam Richman is a celebrity chef and author who stars on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food. He is available for motivational speaking engagements and even cooking demonstrations.
Encourage Fitness in the Workplace
By making your workplace fitness-friendly, you are encouraging your workers to be active participants in their healthy living goals. You can designate special parking spots for those who ride their bikes to work, or kick start a walking club during lunch with rewards for those who get in on the program. Be a good example yourself by taking walks at lunch, wearing a step counter throughout your day, and promoting use of the stairs rather than the elevator. These are all simple things that can spark action in your employees.
Boost Preventive Care
Yes, you offer health insurance to your employees. They may visit the doctor when they are sick, but there are so many other facets of health care that you can explore on site. These include chair massages to decrease stress, on-site health clinics with doctors and nurses for routine screening, or mobile clinics for annual flu shots. Make it easy for them to get healthy. More than $576 billion dollars are lost each year due to poor health costs, and $227 billion of that comes from lost productivity on behalf of employees who are too sick to work.
Replace Unhealthy Snack Options
When those 3 p.m. hunger cravings hit, it’s easy to head to the break room and buy a can of soda and some chips from the vending machine. Consider replacing those unhealthy temptations with healthier meals and snacks that help them perform at their best all day long. Instead of soda, try sparkling water or low sugar juices. Instead of chips, stock up on nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars.
Maintaining a healthy workplace is easier than you may think. From hiring motivational medical speakers to implementing rewards for healthy actions, you can do your part to promote workplace wellness.