Employees are taking measures to improve their health, but stress factors at work and in their personal lives are getting in the way of those goals, according to a survey by the National Business Group on Health.
About three-fourths of the respondents said they were trying to adopt healthier lifestyles in the hope their healthcare costs will be more manageable in the future. Slightly more than half, or 54%, were saving money to cover healthcare costs in the future. However, nearly half of those surveyed said work demands were preventing them from leading healthier lives. The survey found that workers would benefit from their employers health plan communication efforts. Forty-three percent said they took action to improve their overall health based on these communications.
A total of 1,502 employees participated in the random survey, which was conducted in July. To participate in the survey, workers had to be full- or part-time employees working for an employer with a minimum of 2,000 employees, between the ages of 22 and 69, and insured through an employer-sponsored or union-sponsored health plan. The NGBH on Health is a not-for-profit association representing 300 large U.S. companies. -- by Jennifer Lubell