What on earth is corporate wellness?
I will go ahead and apologize for my “on-camera” skills, but I thought I would share with you all a little about what I do here at Good Measure Meals™. Check out the video short below on GMM Corporate Wellness.
Corporate Wellness is one of those vague terms that are thrown around without much knowledge about what it actually comprises. I figured I could post this week’s blog about Corporate Wellness and what I actually do to help people understand why so much focus is being placed on employee health. Good Measure Meals™ hired me this past January to develop a Comprehensive Wellness Program that we could implement in the corporate environment. The thought is that GMM provides nutrition to our community, but so much can be done to expand on wellness through education and program implementation that will motivate and inspire working populations to invest in their health.
Think about the amount of time you spend at work. We’ll average 8 hours, which is ½ of your day that you spend awake, assuming you are getting the recommended amount of sleep. That means that half of your time Monday –Friday is spent at work, probably sitting at a computer, or performing tasks that have minimal physical activity requirements. Partner the sedentary workplace environment with a lunch rush that leaves you foregoing a balanced diet and also increasing stress from deadlines and bosses and we have a the elements of a perfect storm. So why does your company care? Well, there are many reasons that the modern company takes a vested interest in their employee’s health. The biggest reason is insurance costs. About $2.3 trillion is spent annually treating preventable conditions brought on by unhealthy living. The corporate community has realized that by investing on the front end of wellness, a great deal of money can be saved by preventing chronic diseases. While saving on insurance costs is reason enough to invest in employee health, employers also noticed that Corporate Wellness Programs we increasing productivity, employee morale, retention, and decreasing absenteeism. The benefits of preventative measures paid off big, and now most companies large and small and finding ways to implement wellness programs into their workplace culture.
At GMM, we are all about educating and assisting our community in adopting a healthy lifestyle, so this partnership is quite intuitive. In the last 9 months, GMM has worked extensively with the corporate community to offer educational Lunch and Learns about Wellness in the Workplace, Nutrition and Behavior Modification, as well as create programming and initiatives to get people on the right track towards optimal health and wellness. From city employees and teachers to lawyers and consultants, GMM has worked to develop site specific programs that engage and educate employees about investing in their health and seen great results. An 8-week Biggest Loser competition allowed one municipality to collectively lose over 250 pounds collectively, and a series of lunch and learns at another Atlanta company sparked a companywide initiative to start accruing steps and counting calories.
Is your company in the need of some health and wellness programing? Click on the GMM link below to see what all we have to offer and/or email me, Jess Parsons, at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can get your company on board or to invite GMM to your Health, Wellness, & Benefits Fair!
Does your company currently do any wellness programing for their employees?