It is a business strategy
“It is essential for employers to l ook after employees with the additional benefit of building a workforce with high morale,” says George.
A study released in August 2013 by the SA National Health and Nutritional and Examination Survey showed that South Africans were developing lifestyle diseases from a young age, with diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol starting to peak from as early as 25. It also revealed that more than half the population affected by hunger or at risk of it, while a large percentage of the rest are obese or at risk of developing poor lifestylerelated illnesses. There is an everi ncreasing need for employee wel l being i nter ventions t hat address the health risks of all the chronic diseases of lifestyle (CDLs).
Richard Feher, physiotherapist and specialist in lower back pain and practice owner, explains the impact that lower back pain has on workplace absenteeism: “Pain and l ower back pain are significant problems affecting over 80% of the human population. Pain- related dysfunction is therefore a large contributor to l osses i n work production.