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Help Employees Stay Fit and Healthy

January 26, 2007
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/173684

Health-care costs are rising, and businesses that don't prepare and adapt will be left in the dust. But this year, smart companies will start workplace wellness programs to help workers stay healthy and productive-and to lower health-care costs and employee absenteeism.

A recent survey of hundreds of companies found that 41 percent had already launched a health-related strategy. Statistics on bigger companies indicate that the savings can be almost $5 for every dollar spent on making workers healthier. And while larger businesses can afford more formalized programs, even smaller companies are getting in on the act.

In talking to small-business owners for my book, The Entrepreneur Diet, I found that many were really creative in how they brought a healthy culture to their company. They're proof that you don't necessarily need a lot of extra capital lying around for a lavish workout facility to help employees stay fit.

Here are some low-cost ideas from The Entrepreneur Diet to make a wellness program a seamless part of your business plan for 2007:

Creating a healthy work environment can be done with a minimal budget. And it not only makes for fitter, more productive employees, it also encourages wonderful workplace camaraderie.

Tom Weede is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, a certified health and fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine, and a former senior editor for Men's Fitness magazine. He recently authored The Entrepreneur Diet, which provides a six-week menu plan and time-efficient exercises for anyone on a tight schedule.