It is a busi­ness strat­egy

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“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.

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