Everyone knows that healthy eating habits and movement is extremely important for a long and happy life, but did you know it can also help out your wallet? Sure by eating an apple a day your bank account is not going to start overflowing with cash, but in many ways investing in yourself is an investment to your paychecks and to the companies that sign them. Workplace absenteeism due to illness is costing everyone big time. Cardiovascular disease alone in 2010 cost American businesses over $503 billion in production loss and expenditures. Other diseases like dementia, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and depression are also a huge factor in absences costing companies (including the workers) billions. The amount of money spent on health insurance cost by employers, employee payroll contributions, and employee out of pocket has more than doubled from 2001 to 2009, and it is expected to almost triple the amount spent in 2009 by 2019(Wassung, K.).
What is the cause of this rising sum and what can we do to prevent it?
The cause is our lack of health. When it comes to working our health is put on the back burner so that we generate an income. The average office has employees sitting for approximately 8 hours a day. Causing us to compromise our structure and limiting the amount of movement that the body has throughout the day. Other jobs may be more demanding physically and people become injured by overdoing it or not supporting their body with enough nutrients or healthy choices.
In 2012 $560 to $635 billion was spent in health care cost due to complaints of pain. On top of that workers lost 4.6 hours worth of work a week due to headaches and 5.5 hours per week because of musculoskeletal pain (Wassung, K.). That can be a devastating loss of production for companies and an overwhelming lack of income for employees.
80% of health conditions can be prevented. companies are starting to present workplace wellness programs. Why? Because awareness can help you stay healthy which in turn helps you keep working. The hope is that by providing people with healthy life style facts we can experience; less absenteeism, less injuries, more control over health care cost, and improve employee retention rates. So evaluate your lifestyle and make the right decision for yourself through exercise, eating right, and getting adjusted.
Wassung, Keith. Occupational Health and Chiropractic (2015). Print.