Unhealthy employees aren’t very productive at work, according to a August 8, 2012 BenefitsPro article which cites a study reported in Population Health Management. Specifically, respondents with unhealthy diets are 66 more likely to be less productive than those who regularly eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Further, respondents who report exercising on occasion are 50 percent more likely to be less productive than respondents who regularly exercise.

According to the article, business leaders have the ability to reduce the factors that significantly impact productivity loss by implementing comprehensive, best practice workplace wellness programs focused on well-being improvement, which, in turn, can lead to improvements in employee satisfaction, productivity and profitability for employers.

Another way employers can help is offering an employee purchase program like Purchasing Power which carries fitness equipment.  Finding time to work out while juggling family responsibilities, or affording health club membership fees, often means that personal fitness becomes a low priority for employees. Purchasing Power offers employees the opportunity to work out in the convenience of their own home with elliptical trainers, exercise cycles, treadmills, plus strength and weight training equipment from AFG, Sole, Horizon and NordicTrack.

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