A small device helps employees lose weight [Virginian – Pilot]
But a little more than two months after the bank teller started using the device, weight loss hasn't been the only benefit. The Utica resident also sleeps and feels better.
"This is the inspiration for me to make my older years healthier," said the 55-year-old
For a growing number of workers, the most transformational workplace gadget isn't the iPhone 5 or a mini tablet computer. It's something much more basic: a pedometer.
Eager to cut health care costs and improve productivity, large employers such as Huntington, Domino's
"It's become part of the fabric of our culture," said
Last year, the
"Healthy employees are happier, more productive employees," said
Domino's and Huntington offer employee pedometer programs created by
"It's a core part of overall healthy behavior change," said
For employers, the main drawback for pedometers is their cost. Though these devices can be found at nearly every price level, reliable and accurate ones that allow users to upload their walking activity to their computers usually cost about
Using a cheap pedometer can create problems. Health Alliance Plan, the
"The pedometer has been shown to help people increase the amount of physical activity they do" because it provides feedback, she said.
That's the case with
"Walking and exercise just makes you feel better," he said. "I enjoy life more."
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