Nurse wellness: The Elephant In the Room…Obesity

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 31st, 2016

The obesity rate in the U.S. continues to rise, and nurse wellness is at the heart of our concerns. About two-thirds of the U.S. population is either overweight or obese. Weight-related conditions like heart disease, stroke and Nurse Wellness--obesityType 2 diabetes, leading causes of preventable death, are rising. Obesity affects an organization’s bottom line. Obese workers cost employers thousands more a year than normal-weight employees, according to a study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion. Meanwhile, according to Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, obesity in the U.S. costs $8.65 billion per year due to absenteeism in the workplace, accounting for more than 9% of all absenteeism costs.


As a profession we need to lovingly support and encourage one another to participate in wellness programs. Our lives…our profession…depends on it.

To learn how to improve nurse wellness visit SelfCare for HealthCare. Contact me today to discuss implementing this powerful program at your facility.

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