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Workplace Health

NCDs are the leading drivers of healthcare costs, leading to higher absenteeism and lower productivity in the workplace. The World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard School of Public Health project that the global economic impact of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, diabetes, and mental illness could amount to an output loss of $47 trillion over the next two decades. A WEF survey of business executives from around the world identified NCDs as one of the leading threats to economic growth. Many NCDs are associated with risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful levels of alcohol use. These are preventable through environmental and behavioral interventions to alter lifestyle habits.

Because most working-age adults spend more than half of their waking hours at work, the workplace has the potential to influence their environment, behavior, and economic status, generating improved health outcomes for themselves, their families, and communities. Accordingly, the World Health Organization (WHO) cites the workplace as one of the priority settings for health promotion in the twenty-first century. Employee health drives healthcare costs and productivity; an organization’s success depends on the health of its workforce. Fortunately, employers have the opportunity to utilize a number of strategies to enhance the health of their workforce and reap financial benefits through healthcare savings, employee engagement, productivity, and retention. Increasing numbers of organizations committed to achieving and maintaining a competitive edge are investing in promoting a culture of health.

The Vitality Institute’s aim is to identify, evaluate, and promote evidence-based workplace health promotion strategies that enhance the health of employees, their families, and communities. We also have a vision of workforce health metrics being reported alongside financial results, building on the Commission Recommendations.

The Evidence

2. Health Promotion Makes Business Sense (Webinar Series)

Ray Fabius (HealthNEXT) and Ellen Exum (IBM)

Watch Past Webinar | October 22, 2014 | 2-3pm ET

3. Why is Community Health Important to Your Business? (Webinar Series)

Derek Yach (The Vitality Institute) and Jason Lang (CDC)

Watch Past Webinar | November 12, 2014 | 2-3pm ET

5. Practical ways to Boost Engagement in Health Programs (Webinar Series)

Gerri Burruel (McKesson) and Francois Millard (The Vitality Group)

Watch Past Webinar | January 14, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

6. The Battle Against Tobacco is not Over but There are Innovative Solutions (Webinar Series)

David Abrams (Legacy) and Mark Cunningham-Hill (Johnson and Johnson)

Watch Past Webinar | February 18, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

7. Placing Physical Activity at the Heart of an Organization’s Workforce (Webinar Series)

Lara Dugas (Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine), and Theresa Schnelle (Lockton)

Watch Past Webinar | March 11, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

8. Food @ Work (Webinar Series)

David Eisenberg (Harvard, Samueli Institute); Mark Erickson (Culinary Institute of America)

Learn More & Register | April 15, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

9. Why Incentivize Healthy Behavior at Work (Webinar Series)

Kevin Volpp (UPenn); Robert Galvin (Equity Health)

Watch Past Webinar | May 12, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

10. Healthy by Design (Webinar Series)

Randy Fiser/American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and Lisa Rogers/UnitedHealth Group

Watch Past Webinar | June 23, 2015 | 2-3pm ET

11. Why Employers Should Care About Mental Health and Sleep (Webinar Series)

Steve Hyman (MIT/Harvard) and Stuart Quann (Harvard)

Learn More & Register | July 22, 2015 | 2-3pm ET