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Lower Back Pain: The Latest Resources

Many of you if not everyone know this feeling – you were just trying to tie a shoelace or load shopping bags into the car trunk and all of a sudden there is a sharp pain that you feel in your lower back. You already know that such pain signals a problem and usually a…

Workplace Wellness Programs Can Generate Savings

Baicker, Cutler & Song: Workplace wellness programs can generate savings

Baicker, Cutler & Song, 2010, Health Affairs Study: Meta-analysis of 22 studies on potential financial benefits of wellness/fitness company programs.   Results: Average savings per employee per year for a physical wellness program in terms of health care costs was $358, whereas average costs per employee per year were only $144; ROI 148%.   Conclusion:…

Core strength and body flexibility

Dan Frolec: How to build core strength and body flexibility in 4 weeks

Core strength and body flexibility represent two of the key elements of fitness (others being cardio capacity, balance and overall strength). The fitness industry somehow understands the importance of these two areas of fitness for health and well-being, nevertheless building them takes time and effort. In this video, you will learn how to build core…

A Case Study

Employee Wellness Program Outcomes: A Case Study

Jason S. Swayze & Lisa A. Burke-Smalley, Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, January 2013 The study: examines program outcomes associated with wellness efforts at a large midwestern-based, globally operating manufacturing company, focused on workers’ physical health. Pedometer program measuring other biometric data.   Results: The employee fitness program was able to generate impressive participation of…

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Matthew G. Wattles & Chad Harris: The Relationship Between Fitness Levels and Employee’s Perceived Productivity, Job Satisfaction and Absenteeism

Matthew G. Wattles & Chad Harris, Journal of Exercise Physiology, Volume 6 Number 1, February 2003 Study: 143 employees of a northwest business completed a fitness assessment measuring percentage body fat, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexibility and muscular strength and were surveyed to determine the relationship between fitness levels and perceived productivity and job satisfaction, comparing also…

7 Reasons Why Core Strength is Important for Leaders

LinkedIN: 7 Reasons Why Core Strength is Important for Leaders

People usually tend to believe that core strength is something for body builders only. Nothing can be more far from reality. Core muscles are used in almost any movement, they act as a connector between upper and lower body muscles. Strong core muscles make daily life easier, enable those of us sitting a lot (in…

The assessment of chronic health conditions on work performance, absence, and total economic impact for employers

J.J.Collins et al: The Assessment of Chronic Health Conditions on Work Performance, Absence, and Total Economic Impact for Employers

J.J.Collins et al, JOEM, Volume 47, Number 6, June 2005 Study: Dow Chemical, 5 locations, 7797 respondents (64% of included), work impairment and absenteeism based on self-reported primary chronic health conditions.   Results: Almost 65% of respondents reported having one or more of the surveyed chronic conditions. The most common: allergies, arthritis/joint pain or stiffness,…