“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle
The cornerstone of a fruitful and productive life is based on health and wellness. By adequately caring for yourself and making conscious decisions to benefit your health, you can build a strong foundation of wellness in your own life.
The importance of health in the workplace
While establishing a healthy lifestyle is something that begins on an individual level, it is important to understand the far-reaching implications of health and wellness. This can be best understood in a work environment where many individuals often collaborate toward a common goal. In a setting where employees rely on one another to complete tasks and carry a job to completion, functioning wholly as a team is necessary and valuable. The strength of the team lies within each individual member and often begins with the basic foundation of health and wellness. If individuals are not well or functioning to their fullest capacity, the overall productivity and potential in a work environment is diminished.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, employee health frequently carries over into better health behaviors that influence both employees and their families. Healthier employees translate into increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and reduced overall costs to the company. Maintaining health in tangible ways, such as increasing activity and fitness, eating a nutritious diet, and reducing stress and anxiety, is invaluable not only to the individual employee but also to the overall company and organization.
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month (GEHFM) was initiated with the intention of recognizing the value of employee health and promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. Created by two nonprofit organizations, GEHFM is observed nationally and internationally to promote health and fitness in the workplace.
While making positive lifestyle changes takes time, dedicating a specific month to employee wellness can inspire individuals to start making healthy choices.
Opportunities available through your employer
Your health and wellness are a crucial component to your overall success in the workplace. GEHFM can be an important time to reflect on your life and evaluate your own wellness and lifestyle goals for areas that need improvement.
For starters, understanding the benefits that are available to you through your employer can help you meet your health and fitness goals. For example, if you are receiving medical and dental benefits, utilize the preventative measures offered through your health care plan. This might include annual physicals and wellness checks, bi-annual dental checkups and health screenings. Knowing where you stand with your health is essential to creating personalized health goals and finding areas for improvement. Taking advantage of preventive care through your health care plan can help you avert complications in the short and long term.
Some employers offer employees discounted tickets to a multitude of venues, including theme parks, movie theaters, and vacation destinations. Spending quality time with loved ones, family members and friends can be a practical way to decrease stress and anxiety, and contribute to overall health and wellness.
Make your health a priority
As an individual and employee, your health and wellness should be a priority on a daily basis. By identifying where you stand with your health and taking advantage of the benefits offered to you as an employee, you can begin to take meaningful steps toward positive lifestyle changes.