ASK DRS. OZ & ROIZEN: Working out at work

King Features SyndicateNovember 9, 2013 

Q: I work for a shipping company with about 45 employees, and many of us have commutes of more than an hour each way. We’d like to see a small gym put in downstairs or get our company to help pay for gym memberships. What’s the best way for me to approach my boss with this idea?

ARLEN P., Dallas

A: Dr. Mike’s Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute is a leader in designing corporate wellness programs. Your boss can contact the institute at (866) 811-4352. They can explain the benefits that come from instituting fitness, nutrition, smoking-cessation and stress-reduction programs.

Wellness programs reduce insurance costs, foster company loyalty and make employees happier, healthier and, yes, more productive.

The only (reasonable) reason your boss wouldn’t go along with providing employees with a wellness program is if he or she thought no one would participate and the effort would be a waste of money.

So here’s our advice. Find out how many of your fellow employees are truly committed to using an on-site gym or a work-sponsored gym membership, and estimate how much those initiatives would cost the company. Then talk to human resources to find out how much your company could save in reduced health insurance costs.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” and Mike Roizen, M.D., is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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