Physical Activity

Physical activity programs can help maintain a healthier workforce by providing a number of health benefits. These health benefits include a lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, some cancers, and depression.

Note: All employees should always consult with a physician before beginning a new physical activity program. Employees with chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes (or those who are at high risk for these diseases), men over the age of 40, and women over the age of 50 should consult a physician before they begin any vigorous activity program.

Benefits of a Physical Activity Program

Regular physical activity is one of the most effective disease prevention behaviors. Benefits of physical activity programs include:

  • Reduction in feelings of depression and lower risk of depression.
  • Improved stamina and strength.
  • Reduced levels of obesity, particularly when combined with diet.
  • Reduced risks of chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
  • Reduction in blood pressure and blood cholesterol.

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