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Marathon Health Blog

Emily McManamy

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Workplace Wellness Starts with Teamwork

Poor health costs employers $153 billion each year

New Year’s resolutions are a noble promise, but in reality, the burden of seasonal weight gain paired with inactivity can be overwhelming. The holiday season is stacked against us. It starts in September when Halloween candy sneaks onto grocery shelves, then quickly devolves to heaps of mashed potatoes, gravy-topped stuffing, and nutmeg-sprinkled eggnog. Then, as quick as the snap of our elastic waistbands, we’ve spun through another holiday season and find the only leftovers left to pick at are ourselves.

Top Workplace Fitness Challenge Ideas

Employers that build a culture of wellness and offer supportive health resources – such as worksite health programs – play a proactive role in improving employee health and reducing claims costs. These programs provide your workforce with the tools and opportunities to pursue healthier lifestyles in an environment that is motivating, supportive, and fun. At the same time, these programs benefit your organization’s bottom line.

4 Ways to Improve Employee Mental Health

Businesses can support employees – and improve their bottom line

When it comes to addressing health, people tend to pay attention to their physical health but often overlook the body’s most complex and mysterious organ: the brain. While one in five Americans suffer from mental illness each year, only 40 percent of those suffering receive treatment. Opportunity knocks. Businesses can be a part of the solution to support employees in need of mental health services. While companies adopt health and wellness programs to support employees improving their physical health, there is an opportunity to support employee mental health goals.

Real People, Real Health Improvement

10 motivational stories of health transformation

We are inspired. Across the country, over 360,000 Marathon Health members are improving their health with support, education, and encouragement at their onsite health centers. Onsite health coaching puts patients in the driver’s seat of their health by supporting them through weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, illness, and chronic conditions. After talking with their providers about their health goals and concerns, patients are able to make a realistic plan for long-lasting lifestyle changes.

Cut the Cost of Stress in the Workplace

Stressed workers cost employers $500 billion each year

From the factory floor to the corporate boardroom, rising workplace stress negatively impacts productivity, employee health, and your organization’s bottom line. In fact, stressed workers cost employers $500 billion annually. The good news is your organization is able to directly address this issue. Employees spend at least one third of their day at the worksite, which provides you an excellent opportunity to promote better physical and mental health across your workforce.

A Proactive Approach to Reducing Drug Costs

Prescription drug costs are rising in the U.S. leading to higher health insurance costs and access issues for your employees. As a result, Americans are finding it difficult to afford medications which leads to dangerous consequences. “In a 2013 survey, one in five adults in the U.S. said they failed to complete a prescribed course of medicine because of cost.” NPR reports that 1 in 4 patients living with diabetes have rationed their insulin due to costs more than doubling since 2012.

The Secret to Health Improvement? Start Small.

Health improvement begins with small behavior change. Small modifications to your diet, exercise, sleep, or daily routine can lead to significant health improvement. When we set smaller goals, we can achieve them in a healthy and realistic way.

How Does Your Workplace Support Employee Health?

Employers are helping employees make significant health improvements

“I had been feeling poorly for a while, making it difficult for me to do my job and spend time with my family. After passing out at work one day, I went to my worksite health center and was diagnosed with diabetes, low iron, and high cholesterol.” – Lillie, winner of Healthy Like Me, Marathon Health’s patient success program, and Wayne Farms employee. Read Lillie’s full story.