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Strength-to-Body Weight: What Does It Mean For a Company’s Health Plan?
America’s Health-We Seem to be Headed in the Wrong Direction!
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Preserve Your Workforce Investment
Doing business in today’s competitive environment is a constant challenge, and labor costs are a major piece of the pie. To optimize the return on your investment, a safe, efficient and productive workforce is needed. The United States workforce is increasingly at risk for injury and disease, and less able to keep up with the physical demands of the job.
Exercise and Brain Health
It seems a new research study comes out every week on the connection between physical activity and brain health. The research shows that being active has many benefits, including a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s and the possibility of slowing the risk of dementia.
Here are a couple of additional facts the research agrees on:
-Total cerebral brain volume declines 0.2% each year after age 60
-Physically active individuals have less decline
-Exercise increases cerebral blood flow and cerebrovascular function
-This is even true for those not achieving physical activity guidelines of 150 minutes per week (not intensity specific)
It’s never too early to start incorporating physical activity into your lifestyle. Start good habits early and reap the benefits of a healthy mind and body!
Musculo-Skeletal Conditions Are Still the Most Costly… And Getting Worse
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans recently published the outcomes of their Workplace Wellness Trends Survey. What we found most interesting was an answer to the question, what conditions had the most impact on a company’s health care costs between 2012-2019?
As shown in their data, musculo-skeletal conditions represent the greatest impact on health care costs and, unfortunately, these musculo-skeletal conditions appear to be getting worse.
These outcomes support the IPCS findings that continue to show that the muscular strength of the worker is 12-15% weaker today than 10 years ago and the worker is 13 lbs heavier. In addition, the worker’s strength to body weight ratio is on the decline which means the worker’s strength relative to his/her body weight is putting them at greater risk for injury and certain diseases. As the physical fitness of the worker continues to decline, the costs associated with musculo-skeletal conditions will only get worse.
FOR MORE INFORMATION on muscle health and how to objectively assess it, contact Tom Gilliam at email@example.com.
Driven By Data. Reducing Workforce Cost.
Industrial Physical Capability Services provides standardized and objective isokinetic physical capability testing for new hires and employees returning to work. IPCS™ will reduce your overexertion injuries in a safe and legally defensible manner, simultaneously improving safety and performance, and significantly reducing workers’ compensation costs. Your workforce will ultimately be safer, healthier and more productive.