To see your employees healthy and in shape, get them to do some lifestyle exercises well within the office premises. A healthy lifestyle intervention program administered at the workplace can significantly reduce the risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, shows a new study.
"Health care expenditures associated with diabetes are spiralling, causing widespread concern, particularly for employers who worry about their employees' health and productivity," said lead author M. Kaye Kramer from University of Pittsburgh. “This current effort in the worksite shows clearly that a proven healthy lifestyle program offered to people where they work is not only feasible but effective in reducing risk factors for diabetes and heart disease for participating employees," concluded principal investigator Andrea Kriska from Pitt Public Health's department of epidemiology.
The program comprised of 22 sessions over a one-year period and aimed at helping people make lifestyle changes to improve health. Over the course of a year, participants lost an average of five percent of their body weight and shrunk their waistlines by about two inches. They also increased their physical activity almost two-fold.