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Getting Employees Moving On The Job

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Updated: 5/01/2012 6:08 pm
Many of us spend half our lives at work, so that's exactly where we need to be practicing healthy habits. But most employees spend their days sitting at a desk. Many companies are realizing that keeping their staff active is key to a productive company, and they're hiring wellness directors to get everyone moving.

Fitness is now the focus at the main office of Motley Fool, a multimedia financial services company based in Alexandria Virginia. Although most of the employees are young, they sit most of the day. There are studies that show that if you're sitting six or more hours a day, that you're chances of heart disease increase up to sixty percent.

So the company decided to hire a full time health specialist, Ben Sterling, to get the staff moving. Motley Fool executives knew it was a win-win idea. The company learned that with an exercise program, people come to work more often, and will miss less days.And health insurance costs also are going down.

A lot of research has focused on the "Happy Worker Hypothesis", which says workers who are happy in their jobs are more likely to show up for work and perform better. One thing determined to make a difference: getting up every two hours and taking a 15-minute walk around the office.

Sterling holds boot camp workouts and brings in experts on yoga, meditation, and nutrition; along with a chiropractor, mostly the company's expense. He also gives employees practical tips like standing up every time they get an e-mail.

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