Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Companies take expert help to keep employees fit

Various multinational companies have become mindful about their employees' health, given the steady rise in lifestyle diseases affecting their workforce


Companies take expert help to keep employees fit (© Reuters)

Gurgaon/New Delhi: From asking dieticians to draw up cafeteria menus to conducting counselling sessions to keep them fit, multinational companies and others are becoming mindful about their employees' health, given the steady rise in lifestyle diseases affecting their workforce.

"It's no longer just my prerogative to shed the tyre around my belly. My boss is bothered too," Atul Sharma, a 29-year-old employee in a call centre in Gurgaon said half-jokingly. It seems the mantra, 'Work should not suffer' still holds true, but with an addition, '...nor should the workforce'.

Dieticians say that given the rise in lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and even cardiovascular related ones, it's a healthy trend that more and more companies are lining up to invite them for health workshops and counselling sessions with their employees.
 "In the last two years, there has been a 70 percent jump in the number of MNCs asking us to conduct health workshops and counselling sessions," Deepika Agarwal, a senior dietician at New Delhi's Apollo Hospital, told IANS.

The main reason for this is the realisation that an unhealthy workforce affects performance. So be it Fujifilm, Samsung, or the Park Hotels, everyone is lining up at the doctor's to ask them to advise their staff on healthy eating habits amid their hectic schedules.

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