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Comprehensive Preventative Care Includes Mental Health

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Preventive care for adults involves a holistic approach to health, encompassing mental well-being, screenings for chronic conditions, and necessary immunizations. Studies indicate that the mental health of employees, especially recent college graduates, continues to be a significant concern. These newcomers to the workforce believe that employers should provide mental and emotional health benefits and prioritize companies that offer such benefits during their job search.

However, there appears to be discrepancies between employees’ desires and actions. A survey by OneMedical in March, which involved 800 full-time employees, found that less than one-fifth of workers actually utilize their employers’ mental health benefits when they are offered. The survey identified several reasons for this low utilization rate. Approximately 45% of respondents mentioned having a busy schedule as the primary obstacle, while 25% expressed feelings of embarrassment, and 22% cited concerns about the costs involved.

The essential components of preventive care for adults include screenings for chronic conditions, immunizations against prevalent illnesses, and counseling to support positive lifestyle choices. Understanding the recommended screenings, immunizations, and counseling can empower individuals to protect their overall health and well-being.

Previous studies have shown that employees expressed interest in wellness programs that include gym sponsorships. A January survey by research agency Opinium revealed that 65% of workers would take advantage of such benefits. Additionally, nearly half of the respondents expressed willingness to participate in mindfulness sessions, and one-third would consider using a yoga membership. The research also found that parents were particularly interested in mindfulness, meditation, and mental well-being programs.

To support employees in developing healthy habits, HR leaders can implement simple strategies. These include stocking the office with healthy snacks and providing remote workers with information and guidance on healthy eating habits, such as educating them about how sugary snacks can lead to increased cravings. Encouraging in-office teams to have walking or virtual meetings where visuals are unnecessary, suggesting that teams use audio-only while walking outside with headphones, can also be beneficial. Additionally, teaching stress management techniques like listening to music or practicing deep breathing, as recommended in a post from Harvard Medical School in January, can contribute to employee well-being.

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