Unhealthy employees aren't very productive at work, according to a study in the October issue of Population Health Management.

Specifically, respondents with unhealthy diets are 66 percent more likely to be less productive than those who regularly eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Respondents who report exercising on occasion are 50 percent tend to perform less productively than respondents who regularly exercise, and respondents who smoke are 28 percent more likely to be less productive than nonsmokers.

The study comes from researchers at Brigham Young University, the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the Center for Health Research at Healthways who presenteeism, which is defined as being present at work but performing unsatisfactorily.

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