In 2010, the Atlanta Centre for Disease Control published the results of an eight-year study of more than 23,000 adults aged between 35 and 65. It claimed that the “four golden rules” for a long life were as follows:
- Stay slim: by maintaining a BMI of under 30, which means you can be a little overweight but not excessively
- Don’t smoke.
- Take regular exercise: defined as at least 3.5 hours per week
- Eat a healthy diet: a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetables and wholegrain foods, as well as avoiding salt and red meat
Findings for lifestyle changes and health in the workplace
The study found that the people who followed the four golden rules were:
- 93% less likely to develop diabetes
- 81% less likely to have a heart attack
- 51% less likely to have a stroke
- 36% less likely to develop cancer
These were incredible results, proving beyond doubt that lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on health at home and health in the workplace. However, the sting in the tail is that just 9% of the people in the study followed all four rules.
How to reduce sickness and absence
Medigold Health are experts in reducing sickness and absence at work. As part of its Wellbeing service, the company offers advice on weight management, smoking cessation, alcohol awareness, sleep, hydration and healthy eating.
The occupational health provider believes that in order to maintain and promote health in the workplace, a holistic approach is required. Encouraging staff to live healthily not only prevents long-term sickness and disease, it can also cut short-term sickness and absence, offering real value for employers.