Lifestyle interventions

Employer-funded health programs can improve employees’ health, preliminary study finds

JAOA study examined participation in the Complete Health Improvement Program.

Lifestyle-related chronic diseases can affect workplace productivity, leading to reduced performance and increased absenteeism, which ultimately impact an employer’s bottom line. Lifestyle interventions, such as those offered by the Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP), aim to improve or reverse chronic health problems such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and excess weight through a plant-based, whole-food diet, exercise and stress management.

After 160 university employees participated in CHIP for two years, the group’s overall body mass index, blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and triglycerides improved, according to a preliminary study recently published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

“Our bodies are capable of healing themselves when a toxic lifestyle is replaced with wholesome living,” says David Drozek, DO, one of the authors of this original research.

Read the JAOA article or watch a short video with Dr. Drozek to learn more.

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