Encouraging Employee Fitness as a Wellness Incentive under the Affordable Care Act

As you may recall from a previous post, Wellness Incentives are an important piece of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers.

Although lately we have been focusing mainly on the health insurance exchanges, this article shares some unique ways to encourage employee fitness.

This article, posted by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, shares that “the idea of combining work with the workout is gaining traction one treadmill desk at a time.” Beyond the treadmill desk trend, there are reportedly more walking meetings, “sand-filled free weight that can double as a paperweight, and for weight vests, fitted active-wear that gives users an extra 5 to 10 pounds of weight to haul during everyday activities…Short bursts of high intensity activities such as full body squats or push-ups for 30 seconds three times a day (all of which) could have a huge impact in alertness, metabolism and efficiency…Also, office managers could help employees resist the temptation of retirement sheet cakes and celebratory cupcakes with a steady supply of healthy snacks on hand.

“Simple changes such as walking meetings, encouraging employees to take the stairs and letting them know a quick workout break is acceptable could go a long way toward helping employees reach personal goals and helping businesses reach financial goals.”

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