The new dietary guidelines, 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, was released yesterday by the U. S. Department of Health. In the guidelines, a number of recommendations are made about what you should and should not eat, but one thing stood out to me as quite startling was…
“In 2012, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity.”
A staggering 66% increase from 2008, in just 4 years. As an employer, an increase of that amount can have a severe effect on everything within your organization. So what can you do about it?
- Take Action Now. Join Alyfe Wellbeing Strategies, January 19th, 2016, for an innovative and eye opening seminar, Total Wellbeing – The Future of Wellness.
- Implement a wellbeing program. Research has shown that when a wellbeing program is created within an organization, it can “drive morale in the workplace, keep staff turnover and absenteeism low, customer service and employee enthusiasm up.” (More information on Why Wellbeing Matters)
- Make sure you have the right part partner. Just like everything else in your organization, making sure you have the right fit for your wellbeing partner will be a key factor to it’s success.
- Already have a wellbeing program? Increase programming awareness. “A recent Gallup poll shows that over 85% of large employers in the US offer some sort of wellness program. Yet, only 60% of workers are even aware of the existence of such programs within the organization and in the 60% that are aware, only 40% actually make use of their wellness benefits.” (3 strategies to increase participation)