It seems the obesity epidemic is making national news almost daily. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 33.8% or one third of U.S. adults are obese. The facts are scary and it’s no secret that obesity increases the risk of other health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, cancer, respiratory problems and more. In 2008, medical care costs relating to obesity in the U.S. were a staggering $147 billion and with the percentage of obese individuals increasing every year, that number is not getting any smaller.

How is this a concern of the employer and what can you do about it? An employee wellness workshop or webinar from Advantage Health Fairs can help. Consider that most working adults obtain health insurance through their employers. This means that health insurance premiums, paid by the employer, will fluctuate and increase in relation to the health care needs of their employees. A yearly employee wellness workshop or webinar from Advantage Health Fairs can be included in the employee benefit plan.

If it’s safe to assume that one in three employees are obese, the chances of a serious health issue or the need for care will also increase. The same goes for workers compensation. According to a study published in the American Medical Association that was taken from 1997-2004, there is a direct correlation between body mass index (BMI) and workplace injuries. In this study, obese employees had 50% more claims during this time than those of recommended weight. There were also higher medical claim costs, indemnity costs and more lost work days.

One great way to help fight obesity, weight issues and fatigue among employees is to offer an employee wellness workshop or webinar from Advantage Health Fairs. An exercise program would be an added bonus to interested employees. We also offer a FREE fitness program through our FREE24FIT initiative.

There is evidence that having a wellness program available to your employees can significantly improve health and productivity and decrease injury and health care costs overall.

Benefits to the employer of an Advantage Health Fairs Program

  • No cost to the employer
  • No additional costs to the employee
  • Easy to implement
  • Open to all employees
  • Well designed products offer a properly delivered obesity prevention program that promotes better nutrition
  • Voluntary participation = commitment
  • Encouraging better employee health habits can lead to less absenteeism – culminating in a more productive work environment
  • Lower health insurance premiums and worker’s comp with improved employee health
  • Increased profitability
  • Lower demand for medical services
  • Potentially lower worker injuries
  • Decrease in employee turnover
  • Demonstrates concern for your employees, inspiring morale


Benefits to the Employee of an Advantage Health Fairs Program

Participants will learn how to reduce the effects of stress and convert their body from a fat storage to a fat burning machine.

AHF Wellness Program Will Help Participants:
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Manage weight and appetite control
  • Improve body shape
  • Reduce in stress
  • Slow down accelerated aging
  • Achieve an overall healthier lifestyle
  • Boost self-esteem
  • Obtain sound sleep
  • Aid healthy digestion
Participants Will Learn:
  • That protein, carbohydrates and fats are out of balance for most people
  • It’s fat, not weight, most people need to lose
  • The importance of daily protein intake and how increasing protein will help facilitate fat loss
  • Why supplements are important
  • What is metabolic syndrome (group of risk factors)
  • The benefits of proper daily water intake and appropriate amounts
  • What saturated and unsaturated fats are and why fats are an essential nutrient
  • How to eliminate or lower prescription drug costs

Employees will receive a FREE wellness profile and a customized nutrition plan valued at $100.

The wellness profile includes a body analysis which calculates:

  • body mass index
  • body fat %
  • body hydration %
  • lean muscle mass
  • and more


Disturbing Statistical Data

  • Over 90,000 deaths annually could be avoided if people maintained a healthy body weight
  • 7 most common chronic diseases are costing employers $1.1 Trillion in lost productivity
  • Obesity increases the risk of cancer by 52% for men and 62% for women
  • U.S. economy suffers a $73.1 Billion hit annually as a result of an obese workforce
  • 70% of Americans are obese or overweight – that’s more than 200 Million people
  • $2.5 Trillion annual health care bill goes to treat Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and obesity related ailments, primarily due to eating non-nutritious foods
  • By 2030, it is estimated that obesity will lead to an additional 500,000 cases of cancer in the U.S.
  • Past 30 years, childhood obesity has:

o    Doubled among children age 2-5
o    Tripled among children age 6-11
o    More than tripled among adolescents age 12-19

  • Center for disease control states that 50% of Americans are projected to be obese by 2030

Employers – become more proactive with your employees. An employee wellness workshop or webinar will not only benefit your employees, but their families will benefit as well.

Contact Us to get started or for more information.

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