Be Healthy says Carol

WomanAtGym Be Healthy says CarolI recently had my yearly physical. It went well. But, I can do even more to stay healthy, like increase the amount of time I work out. How about you? How’s your health?

Today is the day to analyze how you are doing. The Centers for Disease control says, “Four modifiable health risk behaviors — lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption — are responsible for much of the illness, suffering and early death related to chronic disease.”

We all know that sitting all day at work is extremely detrimental to your health. Get up and walk. If you are in a small office, go talk to your co-worker rather than send an email. It’s good for building relationships and teamwork, too.

Suggest to your company getting a wellness program going at work. Ask them to build in some incentives. The National Business Group estimates that there is a $300 return for every $100 invested on preventive efforts for good health.
 
If your company doesn’t have a wellness program, get some co-workers and friends to form a support group to help each other and hold one another accountable. Make it mandatory that you share how much you lose or gain each week. Set up your own incentive program with the person losing the most weight and/or working out the most for the month receiving a special reward.

According to the Towers Watson survey, people are paying less attention to their health than they have in years past. Only 59 percent ranked managing their health as a top priority in 2010, while 69 percent ranked it as a top priority in 2008. This decline was attributed to economic stress.

Not good to be going the wrong way. That just increases pressures and stress on our body. Exercise is going to diminish stress.  

Get moving and working out today. Increase your physical activity and exercise, it will diminish stress. Watch what you eat and drink — and stop tobacco use.

Our BBB doesn’t have an incentive wellness program. Sounds like a good thing for a committee to start working on to make it enticing to the staff.

Does your company have a wellness program?

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About Carol Odell

Carol J. Odell, is the CEO of the Better Business of Southern Colorado and has been with the BBB for twenty years. Even before her BBB life she was involved in the community as a volunteer and co-owner of a manufacturing business. She is a published author, speaker, wife, mother, and grandmother --- and enjoys all of these roles.