Monday, April 7, 2008

Physical Activity Increasing Among Adults!

A recent study funded by the Center for Disease Control regarding the prevalence of regular physical activity among adults in the United States found that physical activity increased 8.6% among women overall (from 43 to 46.7%) and 3.5% among men overall (from 48 to 49.7%). Finally some encouraging news about people starting to move! In the workplace, it is important to encourage your employees to exercise since the majority of Americans work and spend most of their waking hours there. The Healthy People goals of 2010 is a great web site to investigate if you are interested in learning about ways to increase the quality of life for your employees and their families. Healthy People 2010 seeks to increase life expectancy and quality of life over the next 10 years by helping individuals gain the knowledge, motivation, and opportunities they need to make informed decisions about their health.

Because the individual and work site health are virtually inseparable, both the individual and the corporate community need to do their parts to increase life expectancy and improve quality of life. It is a known fact that activity is the number one action a person can take to improve their health. Here are some tips to keep employees moving:

  • Encourage a walking group and provide incentives for people who join
  • Bring fitness instructors into the workplace and allow time for employees to participate
  • Offer dance classes (the latest craze in exercise)
  • Send e mail blasts reminding employees to stretch or perform an exercise
  • Organize after work basketball, volleyball, or baseball leagues
  • Offer a seminar on "the motivation to get moving"
  • Reward employees for participating

There is no time to waste. Start your plan of action now. Set goals for your own employee fitness program today!

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