Does your company have one of the most outstanding health and wellness programs in the Greater Kansas City area? If so, nominate your company in the Kansas City Business Journal’s Kansas City’s Healthiest Employers competition.
Applications are due on December 9.
The competition allows area businesses to showcase their innovative strategies for keeping their workforce healthy.
Winners will be revealed February 13, 2012 at an awards luncheon at the Sheraton Park Overland Park, Overland Park, KS hotel.
This is the second year for the competition.
It’s more important than ever for business leaders to promote healthy behaviors in workplace. Research shows that fit, well-nourished, healthy employees perform better. And, research by the Trust for America’s Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation shows that adult obesity rates between 2008 to 2010 rose:
- 29% in Kansas
- 30.3% in Missouri
Additionally, research conducted by Laura Roberson, as reported in the July/August issue of Men’s Health shows Kansas City, MO as the 53rd most sedentary city among the 100 studied. Seattle, WA was the most active and Lexington, KY was the least active.
According to the American Heart Association, employers that spend on health promotion and chronic disease prevention programs achieved a rate of return on investment ranging from $3 to $15 for each dollar invested with savings realized within 12 to 18 months.
To ensure optimum performance among your employees, consider adopting one or more of these suggestions (some of which you can do with little to no investment):
- Serve healthy snacks (breakfast bars, fruit and nuts) instead of donuts and candy at meetings.
- Negotiate gym membership discounts with fitness clubs near your office for your employees.
- Subsidize smoking cessation classes.
- Offer stress-reducing neck massages by local therapists for low prices to your employees during lunch periods.
- Organize teams of employees to participate in local runs and walk-a-thons for charity.
- Invite nearby nutritionists to present workshops or seminars for free to employees at your office before or after work.
- Suggest a team forms to gather and then to publish healthy recipes in a cookbook that can be distributed electronically to all your employees.
- Partner with Weight Watchers to form a group of employees that can meet during lunchtime or after work at your office.