Number of obese employees lower in healthy workplaces

A study conducted by the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota established how a healthy workplace is associated with a fewer number of obese employees, according to a Reuters report.

The research, which involved a survey of 1,538 people with an average age of 25, found that only 17% of young employees are obese in workplaces that promoted healthy lifestyle practices. This is way lower than the 24% in workplaces with only one healthy factor or none at all. Workplaces that recorded a fewer number of obese workers were those that promoted yoga classes during breaks, fostered support for colleagues, and encouraged availability of healthy foods.

A healthy workplace means a healthy business. At WorkSTEPS, we help your business become not just an advocate of productivity, but also of healthy living. To know more about the wellness solutions that can best match your business goals, consult with us by calling (512) 617-4100 today.

Bursitis: What it is and how it can affect workers

Workers doing forceful and repetitive motions are always at risk of developing injuries. These injuries oftentimes result in lost time at work and decreased productivity, which can ultimately affect a business’ bottom line. One of the many musculoskeletal disorders that can occur in certain lines of work is bursitis, or the inflammation of a bursa.

Bursae are sacks filled with fluid located on your joints. As your joints move, these sacks serve as cushions that cover muscle tissues, skin, and tendons. However, poor workplace ergonomics, repetitive tasks, and prolonged sitting or standing may all result in bursitis. This musculoskeletal condition is characterized by tenderness, swelling, redness, and stiffness of the affected body part.

At WorkSTEPS, we help employers scientifically and objectively evaluate the readiness of employees returning to work after suffering injuries such as bursitis through assessments and examinations that are in full compliance with the law. Call us at (512) 617-4100 today to ensure that your workplace is as safe and productive as it should be.

Prolonged standing at work may cause long-term muscle problems

A small study revealed that standing for a prolonged period of time at work may spell muscle fatigue of the lower limbs, increasing the risk of long-term muscle disorders, according to WebMD on July 28.

The study, which was published in the journal Human Factors, involved 14 men and 12 women of varying ages who were asked to simulate a shift at a manufacturing plant. After five hours of standing while doing light tasks, with occasional five-minute breaks and a one and a half-hour lunch break, researchers found that all the participants were observed to experience significant lower-limb muscle fatigue. This increases someone’s risk of chronic back pain and other long-term musculoskeletal conditions.

Researchers believe that the effects of prolonged standing can be alleviated by work rotations, regular stretching exercises, and a more dynamic workload.

Companies who have implemented the WorkSTEPS program are now starting to see the results they have hoped for. Many employers see a significant decrease in the rate of musculoskeletal injuries and costs associated with them. To learn more about how WorkSTEPS can help you achieve your workplace wellness goals, call us at (512) 617-4100 today.