Poor Health Habits Of Employees

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INTRODUCTION The issue of poor health habits of employees has resulted in growing rates of chronic disease, together with the rising cost of health benefits, increased absenteeism and reduction in productivity (Mujtaba, 2013). The decline in workforce health also adds to increased health related expenses. This includes both direct medical payments and indirect expenses resulting from absenteeism or presenteeism (loss of productivity when employees not fully functioning because of illness or medical conditions) (MedicineNet, n.d.). These issues have produced a renewed interest in creating a culture of health within the City’s workforce by instituting workplace wellness programs to be made available to the City’s employees. By offering the employees of the City of Jacksonville with a worksite wellness program, the City’s workforce can continue work towards achieving the goals of increased productivity, reducing absenteeism and a potential method of reducing expenditures the City incurs for health care benefits (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2013). HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION The Center for Disease Control (CDC) stated that “public health in the United States can be improved by building workplace ‘cultures of health’ that support healthy lifestyles” (CDC, n.d.). Employers can create healthy workplace wellness initiatives to boost healthier work environments to assist employees into improving their lifestyles and in making better health related choices. Maintaining a
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