Model Policies and Benefits

Your written commitment to wellness costs next to nothing and sends a powerful message, “We Care.” Tailor this physical activity benefit to meet your needs, budget, and employee interests. Promote your physical activity benefit to pump energy into your employees and your business.

Physical Activity Benefits

Overview

Being physically active provides a number of key health benefits. Being active decreases the risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Despite the well-known benefits of physical activity, most adults lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle and are not active enough to achieve these health benefits. Just 55 percent of Oregon adults meet the Center of Disease Control and Prevention’s physical activity recommendations. Fifty- nine percent of Oregon adults spend their work day mostly sitting and standing. Creating an environment that encourages physical activity can help contain health care costs, increase employee productivity, decrease absenteeism, reduce employee turnover, and improve employee morale.

To help employees and dependents move more at work, consider offering the following benefits:

  • Support Physical Activity
  • Flexible scheduling that gives employees time to exercise
  • Discounted public transportation options
  • Safe and well-lit bicycle parking
  • Discounted health club membership
  • On-site physical activity classes
  • On-site exercise facility with shower and locker room
  • Benefit Structure & Operational Considerations
  • Assess employee needs and interests of employees to guide your physical activity benefits decisions.
  • Promote benefits in multiple ways that could include break room signage, E-mail, social media, paycheck stuffers, and reminders on employee intranet, new employee orientation and during open enrollment.
  • If you share a facility with another employer, consider collaborating to offer on-site classes.

Resource

For additional worksite tools and information about physical activity, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/leanworks/

For additional information about physical activity efforts, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html

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