From the April 2012 issue of Benefits Selling Magazine • Subscribe!

Weight top wellness concern

Weight still weighs heavily on the minds of Americans, a new poll finds.

According to data from ComPsych Corp., 43 percent of employees say weight loss is their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011. An additional 20 percent of employees say exercise is their main health issue. Rolling out the top five health concerns were stress (18 percent), diet improvement (10 percent), and quitting smoking (5 percent).

More and more employers are focusing on wellness initiatives. A report from the American Council on Exercise late last year found that there’s an “encouraging shift in the public’s understanding of the gravity of the nation’s obesity epidemic” as well as a growing trend to marry traditional fitness programs with overall life coaching for improved total health. Part of that trend is having employers place a focus on obesity awareness.

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