Active for LifeSM Online is a flexible program offered by the American Cancer Society that encourages employees to be more physically active on a regular basis.
Active for Life Online is a 10-week program that uses individual and group strategies to help employees become more physically active. Research shows that people who increase their physical activity, improve their diet, and maintain a healthy weight reduce their risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The program encourages employees to take an honest look at their current activity level and set realistic goals for improvement. Physical activities can range from walking at lunchtime, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or yard work to more strenuous exercise like running, swimming, or playing tennis.
Active for Life Online is designed to promote regular and sustainable physical activity and health awareness during the program and long term. The program is successful because it can be adapted to each employee. Additionally, employees share a sense of teamwork and peer encouragement by being part of the program. According to Healthy People 2010, a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative, adults spend more than half of their waking hours in the workplace, making work an important environment for influencing healthy lifestyle behaviors.
Employees in Active for Life Online live a more fit and healthy life while having a positive impact on their company’s bottom line. Businesses with worksite wellness programs that include opportunities for regular physical activity have seen improvements in employee job performance and morale, lower absenteeism and turnover, reduced disability days, and lower medical costs.
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Active for Life can help your employees stay healthy, be more productive, and improve their individual job performance. Active for Life Online can also help your company to.:
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"Active for Life was proven to be an effective program at Group Health Cooperative and helped to increase healthy behaviors including physical activity and nutrition, while at the same time increasing morale and teamwork."
Beverly B. Green MD, MPH
Associate Director Department of Preventive Care
Group Health Cooperative
"I love the fact that it is so flexible. It is working extremely well here at Eddie Bauer. We are running contests, having a 2000 point club and awarding the winning departments with a healthy lunch. It's been a fun, active, morale boosting program for us–and to top it off, we're all getting healthier."
Eddie Bauer Inc.