What works

July 4, 2009 

Regarding the June 25 article "What's a good deal when it comes to disease prevention?":

Healthy workplace policies are a low-cost, high-impact way to support healthy employees. Creating a tobacco-free worksite greatly increases the chance employees who use tobacco will quit. Couple that with insurance benefits that cover no-cost medication and counseling, and tobacco quit rates double. As the reporter pointed out, this saves employers money.

While evidence is still building on obesity prevention in the workplace, establishing policies that give employees easy access to healthy snacks and allow them to exercise on paid time has immediate and lasting benefits at work and home. Building strong prevention policies at work doesn't cost a lot, improves employee productivity and makes for a healthier bottom line.

Meg Molloy

President and CEO, NC Prevention Partners


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