The Importance Of Health And Wellness In The Workplace

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Health promotion is a course of action to help people change their habits to attain excellent health (Fair, p.2). For physical therapists, it should come as second nature to promote and become advocates of health and wellness. In the US, the pervasiveness of obesity will rise from “32% in 2008 to 50% in 2030” (Kraschnewski, Hwang, George, Lehman, & Sciamanna, 2014). Taking this information into account, we as physical therapists, should be involved in creating a health promotion initiative that would target the workforce. I, myself, have been struggling to live a healthier lifestyle. So, promoting a health and wellness initiative in the workplace is something that is personal to me. Working as a physical therapist and studying for the DPT …show more content…
We have the responsibility to advocate for health and wellness in the workplace. As physical therapists, we can connect with our own employers to provide a target specific wellness initiative. For example, working for a hospital can allow you to work hand in hand with the management to help integrate a wellness initiative for the employees. A walking program which includes an assessment, walking goals and consistent pedometer checks was a practical way of improving employee exercise level and improve blood glucose levels, blood pressure readings and improve “HDL cholesterol concentrations” (Fanous, Kier, Rush, & Terrell, 2014, p. 1225). Another wellness initiative is an incentive based employer wellness program. According to Lin Fu, Bradley, Viswanathan, Chan, & Stampfer, high-risk participants in an incentive based employer wellness program “improved their biometrics within a 3 to 5-year time frame” even with increasing age (2016, p. 456). By engaging employees to take care of their health, healthcare professionals can better take care of patients that are in need of medical …show more content…
454) based on their annual biometrics. By encouraging employers to incorporate free screenings such as BMI, blood pressure readings, cholesterol, blood glucose readings for their employees, education on healthy eating, seminars given by experts such as doctors, would help boost health awareness. Incorporating a walking program with weekly pedometer goals can be a part of the wellness initiative. To determine the effectivity of the program, screenings can be administered annually just in time for the employee’s annual physical examination for the company. By doing this, employees specifically healthcare workers such as nurses will improve their health and wellbeing to take care of their own patients. By doing this, they are setting up to become good examples of health and wellness for their patients. If this proves to be an efficient way to promote wellness in the workplace, this study can be translated to provide health and wellness to small independent business owners in our own community.
In conclusion, by starting a health and wellness initiative in the healthcare community, you address the needs of the employees and the employers. In turn, you “set the standards” in rendering prevention into practice to assist employers and employees in the workplace so that they can lead healthier lifestyles (Fonarow et al.,

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