The Corporate Health & Wellness Association (CHWA), brings you the premier event in corporate fitness and nutrition. The Corporate Fitness & Nutrition Conference®, co-located with the Corporate Wellness Conference®, is the only conference in the country dedicated towards sharing the trends, best practices and innovations in fitness and nutrition in the workplace.
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“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates
A FOCUS ON FITNESS & NUTRITION IN THE WORKPLACE
Today, most employers are dedicating resources and concentrating efforts in creating corporate programs that focus on increasing the health and well-being of their employees and reducing healthcare costs. With healthcare costs skyrocketing, prevention has become a priority.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, working with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says, “That without change, some 86 percent of Americans could be overweight or obese by 2030. That means $1 out of every $6 in healthcare costs will be due to heavy Americans.”
Top health risks including obesity, lack of physical activity, stress, poor nutrition and smoking, account for the majority of healthcare spending in the U.S. Two key components of any prevention program are a healthy diet and physical activity, reducing these problems greatly.
With Americans spending about one-third of their waking hours at work, the workplace is a critical place for developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, particularly when it comes to fitness and healthy eating habits.
According to SHRM’s 2013 Employee Benefits Survey, more employers are offering onsite fitness classes than they were in 2009.
Within their onsite fitness centers, employers are offering exercise programs created by professional trainers as well as group fitness classes.
In order to engage employees further, employers are offering a wider variety of group fitness classes including Pilates, yoga, kickboxing, spinning, dance, circuit and core training. This diverse offering provides for greater employee participation in the corporate environment.
Employers are also including personal training sessions to their employees. This once executive-only benefit is now offered company wide to employees as an effective tool to help employees in reaching their health and fitness goals.
According to recent dietary guidelines, it is recommended that we consume five to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables per day. The average American is only getting three servings.
Improving access to healthy food is key in encouraging healthy eating habits. Employers have begun to pay attention to the food they are offering employees in the workplace. By replacing vending machine junk food and sodas with healthy snack options and drinks, altering menus offered at on-site cafeterias and ordering healthy options for business and corporate meetings, employers can help create a healthier environment for their employees.
A recent study by A & D Medical asked who is more worried about their weight, women in their 20’s and 30’s or men over 55
As it turns out, men between the ages of 55 and 64 are the demographic who are most worried about their weight, more than women 18-24 by just one percent.
Learn more about what American’s feel about their health:
According to the MBGH Benchmarking Survey:
80% of employees said they wanted healthy on-site food choices, but only a third of employers said they offered such choices
100% of employers think they should have a role in helping employees improveand/or maintain healthy eating habits
93% of employers indicate that providing an environment of healthy eating for employees is either important or very important
83% of employers promote healthy food choices through signs, posters, etc.
NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Increased demand and interest in corporate fitness and nutrition will continue to create new job opportunities for personal trainers and nutritionists. The focus on corporate health and well-being as a means to improve employee health and productivity, and reduce healthcare costs opens the doors for fitness and nutrition professionals who are serious about advancing their careers and moving into the corporate space. Corporate fitness and nutrition programs provide them with the chance to offer their skills and knowledge at a much higher level to a more diverse audience.
In addition to providing career opportunities, corporate fitness and nutrition positions often pay better than traditional commercial environments.
THE DIGITAL HEALTH MOVEMENT
The Rise of Health & Fitness Tracking Apps and Wearable Devices
Wireless technology has provided more solutions than ever before, helping to re-shape the healthcare industry. Companies like Apple and Samsung have jumped on board to deliver apps that monitor a wide array of vital stats such as nutrition, physical activity and weight metrics.
Similar to fitness and nutrition apps, wearable devices have also gained popularity. A recent study found that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 18 now own a fitness tracker. By 2018, more than 13 million wearable activity-tracking devices will be integrated into employee wellness programs, based on estimates from ABI Research. That’s compared to fewer than 200,000 wearable devices used along with corporate wellness plans last year!
Wearable devices and health apps have the ability to bring employers a new level of activity management and analysis to employee activity. Furthermore, wearable devices assist in motivating employees in healthy behaviors and drive preventative programs that can ultimately lower healthcare costs and improve employee health and productivity.
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The Corporate Fitness & Nutrition Conference® is fully integrated with the Employer Healthcare & Benefits Congress, one of the largest employee benefits and healthcare events in the world.
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