Workplace wellness is vital to improving state’s health

Published By: The Tennessean • 05/20/2014 5:10 PM

Tennessee is widely regarded as one of the best places to live and work in America. It seems hardly a week goes by that our state is not recognized as a top spot to relocate, start a business, start a family or begin a new career.

Dedicated people across our state have worked together for many years to get Tennessee to where it is today. We have made tremendous strides and should be commended for how far we have come. As we look toward the future and the challenges and opportunities we face, there is one crucial area in which we all still have work to do: our health.

Op-Ed by William F. Carpenter III, Chairman and CEO of LifePoint Hospitals

Tennessee consistently ranks among the lowest in the nation for the overall health and wellness of its citizens. Rates of obesity and tobacco use are higher in Tennessee than in other states, and as a result, Tennesseans suffer from more lifestyle-related health problems and serious chronic illnesses, including hypertension; stroke; diabetes; heart, lung, liver and kidney disease; and some types of cancer.

These health concerns, most of which are preventable, have significant potential to harm our state’s momentum and bright future. They are having a direct and dramatic impact on Tennesseans and our workplaces; contributing to absenteeism, reduced productivity and the high cost of health care for our state’s businesses.

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