Weight Management Tops List of Health Concerns, LifeCare® Poll Shows

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Latest online poll from LifeCare shows weight management outweighs all other health concerns.

Most employers these days are well aware of the negative business impacts of poor employee health, so many of them are already taking steps to help people make better lifestyle choices

When it comes to our personal health, weight management continues to dominate our concerns, according to the latest online poll conducted by LifeCare®, Inc., provider of comprehensive specialty care services and a longtime leader in the work/life industry. Forty-nine percent of respondents cited weight management as their primary concern, with general health coming in second at just 18 percent. The poll was posted on LifeCare's private web site during the month of September and open to employees of its 1,500 client organizations. Here are the full results of the poll:

When it comes to your personal health, what is your main area of concern?

  • Weight management – 49%
  • General health – 18%
  • Heart health – 11%
  • Diabetes – 4%
  • Blood pressure – 3%
  • Smoking cessation – 1%

Another 15 percent of respondents checked "Other" -- citing a variety of concerns (each representing less than one percent) including "healthy aging," "cancer" and "mental health," among others.

"Most employers these days are well aware of the negative business impacts of poor employee health, so many of them are already taking steps to help people make better lifestyle choices," said LifeCare CEO, Peter G. Burki. "Our clients, for example, are offering healthier food in their cafeterias and vending machines, some are offering financial incentives to lose weight or stop smoking, and others are reimbursing employees for their gym memberships and enrollment in weight management programs."

Burki says that LifeCare recently added a new line of health-oriented SelfCare KitsSM to its offerings to help clients take another step forward in their efforts to support better employee health. SelfCare Kits are a unique series of kits filled with an array of innovative products and tools designed specifically to foster independent self-care and long-term health improvements.

"Getting employees to make lasting, sustainable changes to their lifestyles can be a challenge," Burki said. "But if you succeed, it can pay huge organizational dividends. Our SelfCare Kits put truly engaging tools directly into employees' hands -- tools they'll really want to use over the long-term. And that's the key to getting measurable, bottom-line results."

Each month, LifeCare posts a poll on its private web site asking individuals to share their thoughts and opinions on the latest issues and work/life trends. Past polls have addressed topics such as stress, family caregiving challenges, aging, flexible work arrangements, and barriers to on-the-job productivity.

About LifeCare®, Inc.
LifeCare offers cost-saving benefits that help our clients reduce their most pervasive absenteeism and productivity drains, including child and elder care, caregiving support, health and wellness issues, and more. For 23 years, LifeCare has led the work/life industry in the creation of high-quality, results-oriented programs designed to improve our clients' bottom line. LifeCare serves 1,500 client companies with 4.5 million individuals within corporations, health plans, government agencies and unions. For more information, visit http://www.lifecare.com.

Notes to Editors:
Peter G. Burki is available for interview.
Media contact: Michael Civiello; 203-291-4170

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