Studies Show Wellbeing Behavior Change is Paramount, Even for Children
March 20, 2018 / Corporate Wellness
Behavior Change Begins at a Young Age
According to a recent study published in scholarly journal Pediatrics (March 2018), obesity is rising among young children (ages 2-5) in the United States. This is despite what many have hoped and what small-scale research indicators suggested previously.
Furthermore, studies show that children suffering from obesity are much more likely to grow up to be obese adults.
This points to the urgency of long-term wellbeing for behavior change. When employees enter your organization, they bring their experiences with them. This might include recently-developed wellbeing obstacles such as obesity or point to a longstanding history with being overweight.
Of course weight is just one factor in overall health.
As leaders in the wellbeing space, it’s our responsibility to consider what we can learn from emerging data, and how we can take large peer-reviewed studies on health and behavior change into account when developing (and implementing) organizational wellbeing programs within the workplace.
If we know that obese children are more likely to become obese adults, then we also know that including children and families into wellbeing programs early on is necessary to foster the health of future generations.
In order to support long-term behavior change, we need to penetrate habits and decisions outside of the workplace and create programs that help employees be their best selves – not just at work, but all the time. By doing this, we help them feel their best, boost their productivity (both in their personal and professional lives), and prepare future generations of employees for success.
This data reinforces Virgin Pulse’s decision to have families included in our wellbeing platform. We know that bringing family support, and creating a culture of health inside and outside of the workplace leads to happier employees and a more successful organization.