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August 2007 - Volume 4 - Issue 2


Building a Healthy Workforce

Survey upon survey indicates that part of a sound business strategy includes encouraging employees to adopt and maintain healthy lifestyle behaviors. It increases productivity, cuts down on sick time, and caring about ones workers increases employee morale and well-being. So why is it so difficult for employers to create a healthy work culture and for employees to keep healthy and fit? Some say it’s a matter of cost, others indicate that there’s no time, and still others argue that although research shows that there is a return on investment (ROI), it can take two to three years to see the benefit.

Whatever your opinion may be, there’s no doubt that it’s becoming harder and certainly more costly to provide health insurance coverage for workers. Those companies that do are passing the increased costs down to their employees. Research tells us that 50% of all deaths can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyle behaviors related to smoking, lack of exercise, too many burgers and lots and lots of stress. If left unchecked, this leads to a lifetime of debilitating chronic diseases that could have been prevented. This is your workforce and you are creating it!

Since Americans spend more time at work than any place else, doesn’t it make sense to promote health and wellness at work? If we as employers put some money on the front end and allow our employees the time to eat right, get exercise and de-stress then maybe – just maybe the medical claims of our employees would be reduced. Maybe your employees will see that you care about them and think twice about switching jobs. Maybe they’ll want to work harder for you!

Since 1944, the Florida Heart Research Institute has been working to stop heart disease through research, education and prevention. In pursuit of our mission, we began Working to Health – a program designed to help small to mid-sized businesses proactively address the health concerns of their employees. We can help your organization develop its own customized worksite wellness program and offer a menu of services such as health coaching, workshops, nutritional counseling, screening services and health risk assessments as needed. Our goal is to provide wellness strategies that positively impact a company’s bottom line through programs that emphasize education, prevention and self management as well as provide superior value and return on investment through increased productivity, decreased absenteeism, and improved employee morale and well being.

One of the unique features of Working to Health is that it is not a "one size fits all" program but is tailored to meet the specific needs of your business. We can help you build your own worksite wellness program where you create your own programs and services for employees, or you can pick and choose which of our programs and services would be helpful to your organization. Our trained staff can provide you with in-depth reports of overall health trends within your company and suggest affordable follow-up activities to specifically address the health concerns of your employees. Whether you choose to outsource the entire program or simply a class or two, Working to Health is a valuable new resource available to your company. Contact us for a free consultation by calling (305) 674-3020.

Dr. Paul Kurlansky, board certified cardiothoracic surgeon, Director of Research at the Florida Heart Research Institute, can be reached at (305) 674-3154 or
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