Did you know that 65% of Durham County adults are obese or overweight?  When employees have poor diets and are physically inactive, their health suffers. Four of the 10 leading causes of death in North Carolina are related to obesity: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some kinds of cancer.  This means that your business or organization is likely to suffer as well. 

The good news is that many of these related health conditions can be prevented and businesses have a role to play.  Employees spend most of their waking hours at work.  This means that the worksite is the perfect place to create healthy changes.  Research has shown that when businesses form worksite wellness initiatives, employees make positive changes.  These strategies have proven to be successful:

  • For employees: better moral; improved health and well-being; increased fitness and ability to cope;
    greater job satisfaction; better relations with employer/coworkers.
  • For employers:  increased productivity; improved relations with employees; reduced absenteeism;
    health care cost savings; reduced workers compensation claims’ control insurance rates; avoid
    premature loss of good employees

Partnership for a Healthy Durham wants to give your business the tools to begin a worksite wellness initiative at no cost to you. 

The Partnership for a Healthy Durham is a community coalition affiliated with the Durham County Health Department.  They work collaboratively to improve the physical, mental, and social health and well-being of Durham’s residents.  The Partnership is offering the services of community health experts to assist you in implementing strategies that will make happier and healthier employees. 

The Partnership would like to pull together representatives from several Durham Chamber businesses to talk more about this initiative and begin training these representatives.  Please contact them if you are interested in receiving the assistance of health experts in Durham at absolutely no cost.   

Please click on this link to provide some information so that we can move forwardhttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chamber_ww