Agencies Team Up to Fight Obesity in the Workplace

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Updated: 11/27/2012 9:35 pm

As November winds to a close, so does American Diabetes Awareness Month. Weight is a contributing factor to diabetes but being overweight or obese is also very costly.

“It’s interesting,” said Shaun Menchaca, President and CEO of the Portneuf Healthcare Foundation. “Countrywide, obesity and lack of physical activity and still tobacco are the three actual causes of death. Those are the things that are causing the diseases and disabilities affecting our country. And obesity over the last 20 years, according to the CDC has increased in every state and some folks suggest that it is an epidemic.”

To counter the growing obesity problem in our area, the Greater Pocatello Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Portneuf Healthcare Foundation to give local employers a new tool in helping get their employees back into shape.

“One of the benefits of a wellness program is that both employees and employers have aligned incentives,” continued Menchaca. “Employees want to feel good. They want to be healthy for their families. They want to live a long, productive and happy life. And employers would like to pay less in terms of their health insurance premiums and not have folks out with absenteeism and presenteeism. And so a wellness program aligns those incentives and really creates an environment where we can create a culture of wellness.”   

Hubbub Health is a social wellness platform that enables participants to start or join health-related challenges designed to motivate them to improve their overall health and well-being. Some challenges are as simple as drinking more water each day and run all the way up to training for marathons. Participants can even challenge each other to volunteer in their communities. 

You can sign up by calling the chamber at (208) 233-1525

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