"About twelve months ago, our leadership team announced that they were going to get us onto a Health & Well-Being program. Sure, some of us find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet and struggle to fit enough exercise into our busy lives, but I must say that I wondered whether it was really the company's problem to solve.
As it turned out, we started working with Untypical People and the difference has been noticeable. Starting off with a body composition analysis scan and a discussion with their exercise scientist, most people at work seem to have taken advantage of the program. Having the scan results and the professional advice has certainly made me focus more on my well-being. I am walking more often, have lost a few kilograms and feel like I've got more energy"
One of the major risks to your health and well-being in the workplace is the increasing levels of sedentary activity. You can be sedentary at work, at school, at home, when travelling or during leisure time. Sedentary behaviour requires little energy expenditure.
Examples of sedentary behaviour include:
- Sitting or lying down while watching television or playing electronic games.
- Sitting while driving a vehicle, or while travelling.
- Sitting or lying down to read, study, write, or work at a desk or computer.
There is a difference between a person who is sedentary and a person who is physically inactive. Being ‘physically inactive’ means not doing enough physical activity. However, being ‘sedentary’ means sitting or lying down for long periods. So, a person can do enough physical activity to meet the recommended health guidelines and still be considered sedentary if they spend a large amount of their day sitting or lying down.
Sedentary behaviour is associated with increased levels of fatigue and poor health outcomes, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and some cancers.
Many businesses offer a range of corporate health programs for their employees and, in many instances, they include standard medical checks (blood pressure, etc) as well as blood and urine testing for cholesterol, diabetes and many other conditions. These programs are really worthwhile for the individuals and, by extension, for the organisation. These indicators provide a valuable insight into various health-related conditions that could be debilitating if not detected and treated.
And yet, many of these existing corporate health programs ignore one of the most prevalent health risk factors – the increasing rate of obesity, particularly for people who undertake roles that are predominantly sedentary. Left untreated, employees who are overweight or obese will be at an increased risk of the health concerns raised above. For people who are overweight or obese, their increased likelihood of working while fatigued brings with it an increased risk of accidents and near-misses.
Can your organisation afford to take a risk on this critical aspect of employee health and well-being? The Untypical Health & Well-Being program (in association with BodyGen Exercise and Sport Science) provides accurate body composition analysis and education programs to improve the physical well-being of its participants.
Call Untypical People to discuss how we can conduct programs in your workplace that will really make a difference.