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Southern Indiana Fitness Source

April 9, 2013

FITNESS SOURCE: Healthy employees, healthy business

Prioritizing employee health can be a boon for businesses

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“It was a long battle, but it was worthwhile and it’s made me realize how valuable life is and how important the little things are in life,” Moore says. 

In addition to Anchors Aweigh and the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, Moore has formed a fitness council comprised of members of the community, with members ranging from seniors to younger members, with the goal of promoting fitness awareness in Jeffersonville. 

“I think when people see the spokesperson for the city is taking being fit pretty serious, it’s a good example to set for the entire city,” Moore says. 

Not all employers have the resources that large organizations like the city of Jeffersonville or Clark Memorial Hospital wield. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t do things to help promote wellness among their employees, Padgett says. Padgett suggests that employers get in touch with local organizations like the YMCA and health care providers to identify low-cost options for employees like discounted gym memberships. 

Regardless of the scope of a workplace wellness initiative, it will fail if the details of the program aren’t well-planned and communicated, says Gillespie. 

“You can have the greatest wellness program in the world, but if you’re not communicating it, then it’s not really going to get a fair shake,” says Gillespie. 

Employers who want to use the wellness angle as a means to an end can expect to reap benefits if implemented correctly. But business benefits shouldn’t be the only thing they’re thinking about. 

“Realize the number-one reason for beginning this journey is, ‘It’s the right thing to do,’” Campbell says. “Do not become fixated on ROI. Do not look at a wellness vendor as your strategy who is accountable for success. The employer must realize they ... are responsible for success through creating a culture of holistic wellness.” 

 

This article originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of Southern Indiana Fitness Source, available at newsstands in fitness-related businesses throughout Clark and Floyd counties. 

 

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