Whether wellness programs actually work—either by significantly improving health outcomes or by reducing healthcare costs—has become a subject of surprisingly fierce and unresolved debate.
Employers spend $742 per employee for wellness program incentives.
Employees find the financial incentives of the wellness programs appealing, yet only 24% of employees are willing to give up one to three hours of their time per week to exercise, attend wellness coaching sessions or research healthier recipes to eat.
New trends of wellness programs incorporate the use ofactivity trackers.
Tracking people? It sounds Big Brother or KGB.
Current Employee participation in corporate wellness programs—even when they are paid for it—is low. Engagement ranged, for example, from 10% (life coaches) to 53% (completing a basic health questionnaire).
RESO Programs do not substitute current employee wellness plans. In fact, we help them to increase their participation rate:
We are complementary because we have different goals.
RESO programs medically treat the causesof obesity/overweight and the harmful effects of stress.
In the 1930s and ‘40s…high volume endurance training was thought to be bad for the heart.
Through the ‘50s and even ‘60s, exercise – which means army in Italian – was thought to beharmful to women.
During that same period the percentage of obese Americans was dramatically lower than today.
While it seems perfectly clear that our lives are less demanding than they were in the 1950s, it’s not necessarily the case that we are cumulatively burning fewer calories.
Some experts say that we are getting heavier because we are using laborsaving devices.
Yet that doesn’t match the data either.
The vast majority of laborsaving devices became common in households decades before obesity shot up: dishwashers, washing machines, vacuum cleaners, and all the major laborsaving devices increased most between 1945 and 1965.
Use of these devices increased very little between 1978 and 1998while obesity shot up.
What about all the TV watching?
Tsinghua University Professor Seth Roberts determined that “time spent watching TV increased by 45 percent from 1965 to 1975, yet obesity increase little over that time.”
From 1975 to 1995, TV watching increased only a little.
It’s believed that the concept of 10,000 steps originated in Japan in the run-up to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, says Catrine Tudor-Locke, an associate professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre at Louisiana State University.
Pedometers became all the rage in the country as Olympic fever swept through Japanese society.
Since then the 10,000 steps legend has become a commonly-acknowledged goal for daily fitness around the world. It is roughly equivalent to around five miles each day.
If you normally walk about 5,000 steps a day, getting in an extra 30-minute, brisk walk into your day would take you to about 8,000 steps. The average U.S. adult walks about 5,900 steps daily.
An Oregon State study showed that less than 3% of U.S. adults live a healthy lifestyle.The study looked at 4,745 people from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The researchers analyzed if adults were successful in four areas that fit typical advice for a “healthy lifestyle”— moderate exercise, a good diet, not smoking and having a recommended body fat percentage.
Out of the study group, 2.7 percent had all four characteristics. Only 11 percent had none.
38 percent of adults ate a healthy diet; 10 percent had anormal body fat percentage, and 46 percent were sufficiently active (150 minutes per week).