After work issues have caught the attention of many people, some have taken the initiative, and they will organize the Wellness Works 2016, a conference that will be held in Aurora and it will be focused on promoting health among employees.
The event will take place at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Avenue in Aurora, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. September 16 and it is sponsored by the Healthy Living Council of Greater Aurora.
Employers will be informed during the conference about many important aspects related to health and the workplace. Healthy living programs will be promoted to various places of employment such as government agencies, schools, social service organizations, and small or corporate businesses.
There will also be a worksite wellness panel consisting of representatives from regional and local employers. This panel will discuss issues facing large-scale businesses and small employers as well as program implementation, worksite health initiatives, work-life balance, and employee assistance programs.
Other benefits will include networking opportunities, guest speakers, and various business/health-related exhibitors. For anyone who wants to attend the conference, the registration fee is $25 and includes lunch.
Employers are required to register at tinyurl.com/WellnessWorks2016, and exhibitors who wish to participate in the conference may contact Zaida Rodriguez at [email protected] or Rush-Copley Medical Center.
The deadline to register for all participants is September 2nd. For additional information about Wellness Works 2016, anyone can contact Michael Isaacson at isaacsonm[email protected], or Alexis Slivka, at [email protected] kane.org.
According to a study made by scientists from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 44 percent of working adults confessed that their job had an impact on their health state, whereas 28 percent of them reported that the impact was positive.
After a survey of over 1,600 employees from the United States, 16 percent of them explained that their work had a bad influence on their health.
People who were more likely to confess that their current job had an adverse effect on their health state were the ones working in the retail sector (26 percent), employees working 50+ hours every week (25 percent), workers in low-paying jobs (26 percent), people in dangerous jobs (27 percent), and employees with disabilities (35 percent).
Also, 43 percent of working adults underline that their job makes them feel more stressed. Worse, in some cases their job had a negative impact on weight (22 percent), sleeping habits (27 percent), and eating habits (28 percent).