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Wellness and Workouts in the Canadian Workplace

According to this article in the National Post, Canadian employees desire workplace wellness and disease prevention education to be included in their health care plans.

In the Sanofi-Aventis Healthcare Survey, 83% of the 1500 respondents would be more likely to stay at their jobs if they believed their employer was interested in maintaining their health through education and prevention.

75% thought more highly of employers that offered it in the workplace.

According to Chris Bonnett, a member of the surveyem advisory board and president of H3 Consulting, “[employees] are looking to their employers for support and access to health education and programming.”


It’s great that Canadians are more interested in their health and that their employers may see a beneficial link between the employees’ health and their value to the company.

Not like the good old days.

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CON #1

The survey was conducted by Sanofi-Aventis Canada – the Canadian affiliate of the Sanofi-Aventis Group, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. No conflict of interest there.

What are the odds that Sanofi-Aventis might have some suggestions as to the type of health education and programming (their word) that the employees should have access to?

CON #2

Who is going to say no to free stuff?

Sure, pay for my gym membership. I’m down with that.

It would be much more honest to ask employees if they would be interested in having their employer pick up half the tab for fitness memberships, etc.


At the end of the day, any health promotion / disease prevention plan is a good thing. And what a surprise that in Canada, the home of socialized medicine, that business, not government is leading the way.

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Employers get the fitness bug

Ahhhhh… the wonders of the free market system.

I was reading todays newspaper when I came upon this article .

For those of you who don’t want to read the whole article, here is a 10 second synopsis:

Employee fat and out of shape

Employee less productive

Company lose money

Company pays for employee to get in shape

Employee more productive

Company make money

Now, depending on the size of the company and the value of the employee to that company, funding for employee fitness can vary between a small contribution towards a gym membership to a personalized fitness consulting package including nutrition, personal training, fitness equipment and psychological support.

But at the end of the day, these businesses are looking at the bottom line. Their employees are valuable to them because of what they can or can’t produce. If an investment in their employees health will help them turn a profit, you can bet they will make that investment.

My question is: Why don’t most people make that investment in themselves?

Any answers???

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