If you eat just one mince pie every day in the lead-up to Christmas without compensating with extra exercise, you will be up to a kilo heavier by the end of December. And, given Christmas is traditionally the time to eat, drink and be merry I dare say Mince Pies will not be the only indulgence you allow yourself will it?
In actual fact, the average person gains around 2kg over the Christmas period1, and without a dramatic change in habits early in the New Year, this 2kg will hang around for quite some time.
If an additional 2kg per worker in 2015 was the only issue faced by individuals, and the organisations for which they work, then surely organisational effectiveness would not be affected?
But Corporate Australia IS facing Some Real Challenges from the Health of its Workers
Let’s consider some facts:
And how does this affect Organisational Performance?
Evidence shows that healthy workers are almost 3 times more effective than the least healthy workers, working approximately 100 more effective hours per month6:
What Can the Individual Do About it?
Chronic disease is linked to INDIVIDUAL lifestyle and is largely preventable. Most chronic diseases in Australia are associated with one or more of the following lifestyle-related risk factors:
Limiting your indulgences this Christmas, whilst maximising your physical activity will most certainly limit the additional kilos you find strapped to your waist in 2015. Using the start of 2015 to adopt an overall healthier lifestyle, eating well and reducing both smoking and alcohol will make a dramatic difference to your risk of chronic disease. Here are some tips:
And the Role of the Organisation?
Well, strong evidence shows that good employee health and well-being programmes employed by an organisation provide an excellent return on investment:
The message is clear – this Christmas, as you sit back to reflect on your Christmas lunch, take responsibility for your own health in 2015 and minimise your risk factors for chronic disease. And whilst you are doing this, persuade your boss to look at a health and wellbeing staff programme for 2015, incorporating both physical activity and nutrition, to increase the overall effectiveness of your organisation.
About the Author
Liz Stapleton, Oxford and Kellogg Business School graduate, runs her own health and lifestyle business specialising in nutritional programs for the busy professional. A 30-day nutritional program designed to kick start your healthy lifestyle, manage stress, reduce weight and improve energy levels starts at $380 with an average monthly on-going cost of approximately $160. To find out more about kick-starting your health in 2015 please contact Liz on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an introductory session.