May is Employee Health and Fitness Month, an excellent time to the discover the benefits of a healthy workforce. Employee health is a powerful strategic component of an organization’s human capital management.
Since the founding of Employee Health and Fitness Month (EHFM), in May of l989, there have been significant strides in documenting the evidence of the value of investing in employee health. The observance is sponsored by the National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF) and ACTIVE Life, a nonprofit health promotion organization.
Savvy employers understand that their greatest asset is their workforce, and an investment in their employee’s health is essential to managing health costs, improving organizational productivity, and employee morale.
“Business and industry can encourage positive behavior change in the supportive context of workplace policies and culture and provide support that assists today’s workforce with their daily struggles. Through EHFM, we will achieve the optimum result of a more physically active and healthier population.one healthy moment and one healthy group at a time,” said Diane H. Hart, president of NAHF.
At the EHFM website, find ideas for activities and a ways to track, share, and promote individual and group accomplishments.Recommended strategies include:
- Healthy moments: opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity such as going for a walk, cooking a healthy meal, taking an exercise class, or quitting smoking.
- Healthy groups: walking, running, or cycling interest groups, sports teams, or healthy lunch gatherings.
- A culminating project: an event or initiative that highlights health throughout the organization or community. Examples are planning a companywide 5K or planting a community garden.