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Health Corner: Focus on fitness for all

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Good managers take care of their health. Great managers take care of their employees' health as well.

By taking some basic, low- or no-cost steps to promote wellness among your staff, you can earn their loyalty, improve morale and decrease absenteeism. It all starts with offering voluntary inducements for people to enhance their health and fitness.

Begin by distributing pedometers to employees. Create a fun competition in which teams of workers tally their walking for a designated period. Group members with the highest readings win a prize.

Also, contact a community health center, medical provider or municipal health department and ask about upcoming free screenings for blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. Invite your employees to take advantage of such local programs.

Recruit guest speakers from a nearby gym, hospital or sports medicine clinic to lead "lunch-and-learn" sessions for employees. Have them address topics such as smoking cessation or nutrition—or demonstrate simple stretching exercises that employees can do every day.

Give gifts of health

Whenever you visit a physician, ask for giveaway items that you can distribute to your employees. Medical offices often have closets full of first-aid kits, water bottles or jump ropes that they are eager to unload.

Encourage workers to take a brisk stroll during breaks or lunch. Set an example and take walks once or twice a day. Others may follow your lead and join you.

To increase healthy snacking, bring fruit, nuts and veggie platters to staff meetings. Take a poll on which nutritious foods your team prefers and serve these goodies in the future.

 

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