Have you ever heard the proverb "Knowledge is power?" It means that knowledge is more powerful than just physical strength and with knowledge people can produce powerful results. This applies to you and your staff's annual medical physical as well! The #1 goal of the annual exam is to GAIN KNOWLEDGE. Annual exams offer you and your doctor a baseline for your health as well as being key to detecting early signs of diseases and conditions.
of your annual exam is
to GAIN KNOWLEDGE
According to Malcolm Thaler, MD, "A good general exam should include a comprehensive medical history, family history, lifestyle review, problem-focused physical exam, appropriate screening and diagnostic tests and vaccinations, with time for discussion, assessment and education. And a good health care provider will always focus first and foremost on your health goals."
Early detection can cut costs that result from chronic diseases. By encouraging your employees to schedule AND attend their annual physical, you will see that their productivity will not suffer because of an undiagnosed condition. Early detection reduces no-shows or call-outs; it reduces costs of training a temporary worker brought in to substitute for the employee while out on sick leave; early detection can also cut costs that result from chronic diseases. Employers spend on average $18,000 yearly per employee for costs related to illness and loss of productivity.
So how can you combat these rising costs? Your workplace can sponsor Wellness Programs such as a Nutrition Fair where your employees learn how to make healthy meals for their family, healthy snacks, and how to make wise food choices when going out to eat with co-workers. Find an exercise program that can be employee led such as a running or walking club, group fitness programs that only require a TV and DVD player, or an employee run cross-fit style fitness program.
"By providing employee wellness programs that include event-specific physicals, many nationwide employers have decreased their employee health care burden by $1 - $3 for every $1 spent. Other analyses show that wellness programs, including annual physical exams, have reduced employers' health costs by an average of 26.1%."
Here are some tips on fun and easy ways to promote overall health and wellness in your workplace:
1. Stock the snack cabinets with healthy, pre-portioned snacks.
2. Offer standing desks to allow workers options to get moving while working.
3. Find a 5K in your community and put together a company team.
4. Sponsor different "challenges" like "8 glasses of water a day" or "A mile a day" and the winner of these challenges receives a prize at the end of the month.
Through these easy changes, you will see your workforce gain confidence and better health while losing weight and bad habits! Win-Win!