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Healthcare Organizations Must Take Better Care of Employees Print E-mail
Written by Suneel Dhand, MD | KevinMD   
Friday, 22 February 2019 12:11
 
Anybody who has even a passing interest in health and wellness knows the sobering fact that a large number of medical problems that plague society today are the result of unhealthy living habits. Conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, which are reaching epidemic proportions, are directly linked to poor eating and inactivity. Official statistics show that around 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese. We live on diets of junk food, and the vast majority of us don't meet minimum recommendations for weekly exercise (disappointingly under 25 percent do according to this Time article). Among physicians sadly, the very people who should most be setting examples for healthy lifestyles, the statistics are hardly any better - with around 65 percent overweight or obese.

Over the last year, in addition to my hospital work, I've also practiced preventive medicine and wellness in an outpatient setting and got to meet hundreds of people from all walks of life and occupations. Many of them work for large companies that are actively promoting health and well-being among employees. Hearing their stories has got me thinking: Why aren't health care organizations doing the same thing en masse?

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Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 12:14
 


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