Why is body composition analysis an important tool in corporate wellness?
1. Provide convenient and accessible wellness programs that track progress
2. Provide accurate results and effectively identify potential health risk in employees
3. Guide wellness plans and ensure alignment with personal goals
As the obesity epidemic continues to rise, premature mortality has increased. Research has shown that almost 3 million quality-adjusted life years are lost each year in the U.S. as a result of obesity and its associated comorbidities. With increasing obesity rates, there is also an increase in annual costs of obesity-related absenteeism, collectively amounting to billions of dollars’ worth of lost productivity. These costs will continue to grow as employee physical activity levels decline and convenient and abundant foods are increasingly common, further augmenting an already costly obesity epidemic.
Corporate wellness programs can be an effective method to combat the obesity epidemic in the workplace. Research examining exercise intervention and wellness indicated that 10 weeks of exercise can mitigate psychological distress while increasing activity and work hours. Healthcare and absenteeism costs have been shown to fall by roughly $5 for every dollar spent on corporate wellness. This kind of return on investment showcases the need for adoption of corporate wellness into the workplace. Furthermore, wellness programs for employee health improvement have been recommended by institutions like the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as multiple state governments.
A wellness program requires thorough planning and can have a wide range of costs, depending on the services provided to employees. InBody provides a convenient and affordable alternative to outsourcing services for assessing employee health and wellness. With InBody as a screening tool, employees will get a detailed report on their health, allowing them to develop a better understanding of potential risk factors. With this awareness, employees can then be advised to make changes to improve their health. In turn, this can improve efficiency and the overall work environment and reduce healthcare costs for the company as well as absenteeism due to health-related time off, increasing company productivity and revenue.
In less than 60 seconds, the InBody Test provides easy-to-understand, accurate and objective measurements to evaluate changes in body composition. The InBody can be used to:
Screen and educate employees about health
Receive a comprehensive assessment of body composition to better evaluate employees’ health status
Set the foundation for designing an individualized and effective action plan for each employee