Employee Wellness – an important theme for National Safety Month

8 Jun

Every June, the National Safety Council (NSC) celebrates National Safety Month “to educate and influence behaviors around leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths.”
National Safety Month’s overall theme this year is “Safety Starts with Me,” which is the principle that everyone in the workplace is responsible for safety, not just management or safety professionals. So it’s important to train your employees on how to stay safe.
One of this year’s important theme’s is Employee Wellness.
Getting and staying active has reached “motherhood and apple pie” status. It’s hard to find a downside to pursuing a more active, less sedentary life. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” Getting fit can help to:
• Control weight.
• Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
• Reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.
• Reduce the risk of some cancers.
• Strengthen bones and muscles.
• Improve mental health and mood.
• Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls in older adults.
• Increase your chances of living longer.
While no one believes physical activity is a magic bullet, it’s hard to deny this impressive list of benefits.
For more information about National Safety Month, visit: http://www.nsc.org/nsc_events/Nat_Safe_Month/Pages/home.aspx?VanUrl=nsm

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