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Consumer Trends: Weight, Diet Among Top Wellness Concerns For Employees

Some 43 percent of employees said weight loss was their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011, according to a Tell It NowSM poll released today by ComPsych Corporation.

CHICAGO, Ill. (Business Wire) — Some 43 percent of employees said weight loss was their top health concern this year, a 10 percent increase over 2011, according to a Tell It NowSM poll released today by ComPsych Corporation. In the same poll, 20 percent of employees said exercise was their main health issue. ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and leading provider of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources brand.

“As individuals continue to grapple with weight problems, it’s no shock that weight management is again the top issue this year,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych.

“With the impact that obesity and weight issues have on corporate health care costs, more and more employers are providing comprehensive wellness programs,” he added. “These programs, such as ComPsych HealthyGuidance, can holistically address weight, stress and other health issues, resulting in improved productivity and lower health and disability costs,” he added.

Employees were asked: Which health issue are you most trying to stay ahead of this year?

  • 43 percent said “weight loss”
  • 20 percent said “exercise”
  • 18 percent said “stress”
  • 10 percent said “diet improvement”
  • 5 percent said “quitting smoking”
  • 1 percent said “other”

ComPsych’s build-to-suit health and wellness program – HealthyGuidance® -- targets employee behavior and lifestyle issues before they become significant illnesses. Drawing upon more than 25 years of behavioral health experience, HealthyGuidance uses a consultative, high-touch approach, empowering employees to make healthy lifestyle changes through expert guidance.

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