Health on the job

Imagine if your employer provided a personal trainer, nutrition classes and counseling from a dietitian. Would it make a difference in your health? This month 15 randomly chosen employees from Intermountain Healthcare's Utah Valley Regional Medical Center begin a competitive 100-day challenge that starts with a heart health examination that includes glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.

What does everyone think of this? I'm confused. On the one hand, who wouldn't like the help? Certainly a healthier workforce means that costs are lower for all. On the other hand, do the employees get the time to make all these changes in their lives? Companies herald health programs such as lunch hour walking groups, but then keep people working longer and longer as they pick up the slack for those who have been laid off.  

I know I'm cynical about company demands. On the other hand, I really think that the workplace is a good place to deliver health care, because it is convenient and convenience helps, we all know that.   

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