May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, an opportunity to explore what benefits your workplace may offer to help you improve your health and well-being. Many organizations offer a variety of these and other benefits to help you reach your wellness goals. Read on for some examples of benefits that may be available to you!
Workplace health screenings
Nearly half of companies nationwide now offer employees the opportunity to participate in biometric screenings in the workplace. These screenings, administered by licensed healthcare providers, typically measure body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose levels and other possible risk factors for chronic diseases. The information provided at workplace health screenings can help you make lifestyle changes and avoid developing serious health issues in the future.
Over 60 percent of employers offer wellness programs at work. Yet only about 40 percent of employees take advantage of this benefit. These programs provide support and resources to help you reach your goals. Here are some reasons you should participate:
- Learn more about your own personal health and important health topics
- Track your progress with online health trackers and fitness devices
- Participate to earn rewards that your employer may be offering for participation.
- Access professional resources and support for FREE – The resources provided by your company’s wellness program may cost you big bucks if you were to pay for the services on your own.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
EAP offers short-term help for issues like mental illness, stress, anxiety, substance abuse/addiction, work-related problems, family-related problems and more. They can make referrals for long-term care, such as counseling, when appropriate. Benefits for participating in an EAP include handling personal issues at a discounted rate or for free, in hopes that you become happier, less stressed, and more productive.
Chronic condition management programs
These programs can help people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease, hypertension, chronic kidney disease and more better manage their conditions with the support of health coaches and clinical support.
Onsite fitness opportunities
Many larger employers have convenient, on-site facilities at the workplace with workout equipment, fitness classes and more. Similarly, there may be designated paths around the building that provide the opportunity for exercise. If you like to get out on the field, you can take advantage of company-sponsored teams playing anything from softball to kickball to volleyball. These activities provide a chance to get to know your colleagues outside of the office while fitting in exercise as well.
Gym discounts and fitness devices
Your employer may offer a subsidized membership or discount to join a gym. Additionally, organizations may offer employees complimentary or discounted fitness devices like wristbands, watches, pedometers and more to make it easier to track your progress as you work toward your goals.
Review your benefits paperwork or contact your HR department to confirm exactly what resources may be available to you.