More companies support exercise

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4 June 2007, LEIDEN - Companies have become significantly more active over the past few years in encouraging exercise among employees and fighting obesity. This emerged on Monday from a study by the TNO research foundation.

4 June 2007

LEIDEN  - Companies have become significantly more active over the past few years in encouraging exercise among employees and fighting obesity. This emerged on Monday from a study by the TNO research foundation.

In 2006, 32 percent of businesses with 50 or more employees organised sport and exercise activities, compared to 14 percent in 2003. Ten percent says they plan to do something of this sort in the coming year. That figure was just 3 percent in 2004.

Some 13 percent of the businesses with 50 employees or more said they were making efforts to combat obesity among personnel. No inventory was made of the measures being taken, but researchers say that these efforts could include things like offering healthier choices in the office canteen.

The most popular activities to encourage exercise are contributions to employees' health club costs and organised fitness or sporting events.

The most important reasons for companies to make these efforts were to decrease absenteeism because of illness, and the costs resulting from that, and to improve workers' fitness.

916 companies took part in TNO's study.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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