Obese employees are expensive employees. Their health insurance premiums usually cost more than those of their “normal weight” counterparts. They fall prey to more illnesses and injuries. They have a higher level of absenteeism, and when they are at work, they may be less productive than your fit, healthy workers.
They may also have overweight kids who strain the “family policy” portion of your health benefits—kids whose own sick days lead to more employee absenteeism.
Yes, I know this is a sensitive subject. But it’s one no company can afford to ignore. If you have obese employees, you’ve probably already considered their impact on your profitability. You just don’t know what to do about it.
Move It. Lose It. Live Healthy., LLC, can help you control the spiraling costs of workplace obesity. Our integrated corporate wellness program can help all your employees achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Even your most physically fit employees will be able to benefit from the program. The program not only helps obese workers lose weight, but it will help you keep your healthy workers healthy. Move It. Lose It. Live Healthy!® is based on sound, sane, scientific nutrition and fitness principles—no fads, gimmicks, or “quick fixes.”
If you want to address this issue but aren’t quite ready for the full 24-month program, that’s okay. Various components of Move It. Lose It. Live Healthy!®—info-packed books for adults and kids, motivational posters, fun T-shirts, and so forth—are available à la carte. You might use these products as a way to test the waters with your employees and/or introduce the idea of a full-blown wellness program.
Please take a moment to explore our website. You may be shocked to discover how expensive workplace obesity really is. But take heart. You can put the brakes on rising health costs by helping your employees achieve a healthy body weight.
Thomas B. Gilliam, Ph.D.
P.S. If you’re feeling especially brave, check out our Obesity Cost Calculator for an estimate of how much workplace obesity is costing your company.