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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, June 06, 2011

Leading the Evolution toward Total Worker Health

Below is an excerpt from the June National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) eNews:

In many ways, the health risks and challenges facing today’s workers and employers are significantly different than they were 40 years ago. The American workforce is rapidly aging as more workers choose to, or by economic necessity are forced to, remain in the workplace. The workforce is increasingly burdened by epidemic levels of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Middle-aged and young workers are facing earlier onset of chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes.

There is increasing evidence that the work environment and the overall health of the workers within it are inextricably linked. Disease and injury, whether caused by work, nonwork activities, or lifestyle, reduce quality of life, opportunity, and income for workers and those dependent upon them. For employers, the collective burden of diminished workforce health and ability adversely impacts recruitment, retention, productivity, and, ultimately, economic viability.

The complete article may be found here.


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