Medicine in Motion Encourages Adoption of Employee Wellness Programs by Workplaces

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Employee Wellbeing Month promotes a healthier workforce and an increase in employee productivity through workplace wellness initiatives

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As health care costs continue to grow as part of the overall employment costs for businesses offering benefits, it is important to look at ways to improve the health and wellness of employees.

In conjunction with June’s Employee Wellbeing Month, Austin sports medicine practice Medicine in Motion is challenging workplaces to drive employee productivity and engagement by fostering healthy work environments. Launched as National Employee Wellness Month in 2009 by Virgin Pulse in partnership with the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance, Employee Wellbeing Month is sponsored by these organizations, the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, and WorldatWork. Held annually in June, 2016 marks its eighth year.

“As health care costs continue to grow as part of the overall employment costs for businesses offering benefits, it is important to look at ways to improve the health and wellness of employees,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, Austin sports medicine doctor and owner of Medicine in Motion. “Increasing physical activity lowers the risk of many adverse health outcomes, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and colon and breast cancers. It can also help prevent weight gain, improve cardiovascular and muscular fitness strength, prevent falls, improve bone strength, and reduce symptoms of depression.”

Adult Americans spend a lot of time in the workplace. Creating a culture of wellness in the worksite may improve employees’ health, and a full wellness program can have financial and human benefits. Worksite wellness programs are designed by companies to support employees in their health decisions. These programs focus on areas such as nutrition, stress reduction, smoking cessation, breast-feeding, health screening and management, and of course, physical activity. The introduction of a worksite wellness program has the potential to:

  • Help create a healthier workforce.
  • Increase employee productivity.
  • Decrease employee absenteeism.
  • Lower employer health care costs.
  • Increase employee morale.
  • Attract and retain good employees.

A study of 192 companies found that after a year of wellness programming, including physical activity promotion, 70% of targeted risk factors had improved. A 2010 study showed that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, medical costs fell by approximately $3.27, and costs associated with absenteeism fell by approximately $2.73.

Medicine in Motion, a sports medicine clinic for athletes of all activity levels, has developed a free health and wellness interactive guide for adults – Be Active Your Way – which can help organizations and its employees take the crucial first steps toward better health. For more information on the workplace wellness initiative, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or docpyron(at)medinmotion(dot)com.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office's goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

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