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July 20, 2012

Workplace Obesity a Growing Problem for Small and Mid-Size Employers

While many U.S. employers are addressing obesity in the workplace, there is still much progress to be made - as well as a need for tools and resources, especially among small and mid-size organizations. This is according to a survey of more than 500 employers conducted by the National Business Coalition on Health with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Safety Council. Trends identified by the research include:
  • Obesity prevention and weight management is most effective as part of an overall wellness and health promotion program.
  • Employers need better information about how obesity relates to employee safety and to other related health conditions, as well as information on the associated cost burden.
  • Making the connection between safety and wellness is fundamental to addressing a healthy workforce.
Employers consistently mentioned the significance of the safety function related to obesity/weight management and wellness in general. More information on the report has been posted by Safety Management Group.

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