Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Tip of the Day

Here’s a counterintuitive tip, but a tip nonetheless: Employers might do better targeting wellness and disease management programs toward younger workers, based on new survey results from EAP provider ComPsych. More than one-half of workers in their 60s have healthy diets, compared to only 17.7% of employees in their 30s. Employees in their 50s and 60s also fared better in level of exercise, outlook on life, social support and stress levels, ComPsych finds.

1 comment:

C.B. North Carolina said...

Maybe it is counterintuitive but the data has validity. I survey our break room every time I go to lunch and the majority of younger workers <30 are eating pizza, fast food, or worse, vending machine fare. Compare this to the older workers, who I see bringing healthier lunches from home, healthy frozen dinners, smaller portions - many of those same employees walk after lunch too. Call it profiling or any other tag you want to put on it... older workers do tend to eat healthier and have healthier lifestyles. I remember being 20-something... I thought I'll never have heart problems, cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. "That's for old folks", I thought. Now that I am 40-something, I realize that setting the pattern for a healthier lifestyle starts much sooner than 40, so we focus much of our attention in H&W on healthy lifestyles and predictive intervention based on behaviors. It's never too late to start choosing healthier options, and we preach healthy lifestyles to every worker, but we also realize we especially need to target younger workers. It's easier to change behaviors if you catch 'em young enough. Going into our 3rd year of this approach, it is paying off in terms of better health, lower medical claims and higher productivity. As the HR professional who administers our H&W programs, that's the results we want.