Can a Great Work Environment Improve Your Health?

We chatted with Joan Pan today about the impact her employer’s policies have on her health.  Joan works at Healthways, where they take employee well-being so seriously that it pervades the culture of the company.

Healthways employees can wear “active wear” in the office to make it easier for them to exercise during the day. Everyone is encouraged to exercise and the company has a system to track workouts.  They reward people who work to stay fit with gift cards and company-wide recognition.

Joan does Pilates, takes walks with her colleagues and is part of the Healthways basketball team. She also takes advantage of a free gym membership and inexpensive (in-office) massages. All this has added up to her feeling great, and has given her the motivation and energy to cook healthy and eat well.

What do you think? Can smart health-focused policies really make an impact on your well being? What health-minded programs does your employer offer? What do you wish they offered? Let’s chat about it in the comments.


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