Monday, July 23, 2007

Twinkie Tax?

This article shows how corporate America is fighting the battle of the bulge. It is a great thing for companies who really care about their employees.

Kevin


Healthy Workplaces - Workout at Work



HUDSON, Ohio (IVANHOE BROADCAST NEWS) -- These days, employees are
not just working -- they are working out. Companies like Texas
Instruments are creating long-term wellness programs that include
fitness centers and workout classes offered on site during business
hours.


Crystal Medeorous has lost more than 30 pounds since her company, Beacon Mutual Insurance, hired a nutritionist.


"It helps you to get away from your desk, clear your head and I feel I am more of a productive employee," she says.


But American workers are getting less productive. Exercise
physiologist Tom Gilliam, Ph.D., says corporate America is getting fat.
He figures sick calls and increased healthcare expenses cost companies
$1,900 more per year per unhealthy employee.


"The obese worker contributes greater to absenteeism, and what they
call presenteeism. You go to work, but you really don't do anything,
because of the health, you can't be productive," says Dr. Gilliam.


In
2000, 29 percent of America's new hires were obese. Today, that number
is up to 37 percent. By 2010, that number is expected to grow to 45
percent.


Health fairs and support groups are also helping employees lose
weight. Some companies have even instituted "Twinkie taxes" in
cafeterias, charging more for fatty foods so the costs of healthy foods
can be reduced.


This article was reported by Ivanhoe.com, which offers Medical Alerts by e-mail every day of the week. To subscribe, click on: http://www.ivanhoe.com/newsalert/.


If you would like more information, please contact:



Tom Gilliam, Ph.D.
1696 Georgetown Rd., Unit B
Hudson, OH 44236



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