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IDPH Celebrates National Public Health Week

Public health is a part of our everyday lives, and with this week being National Public Health Week, the Illinois Department of Health is looking to improve public health operations.

The average person spends about a third of their entire lifetime at the workplace. That's according to health department officials, who say having a healthy place of work is not only beneficial to the employee but to the employer as well.

"For the employee it contributes to their quality of life and is just an overall health benefit," department representative Conny Moody said. "For the employer, there are also benefits, such as reducing long-term health insurance costs. It increases productivity for their staff and it just improves morale for their entire work site."

A common problem found in cubicles across the state is that more people spend time sitting at their desk and less time getting their blood circulating, which state health officials say say can be an easy fix.
 
"Giving opportunities to stretch during meetings, improving the types of snacks offered in work vending machines, and offering opportunities to walk during the day," Moody said.

Whether you work for a small business or a large organization like St. John's Hospital, it all starts with taking simple steps towards healthier options.

"Healthy colleagues are happier colleagues," Jacob Roddis of St. John's Hospital said. "They are more engaged, they are more productive, and we encourage them to get out get active and be healthy."

State health officials say it is the small things that make a difference, and a lot of times, the workplace is full of tasty temptations.

Instead of spending your money at the vending machine, try bringing some healthy snacks, like fruits and veggies, with you to work. They are not only a healthier option, but they give you more energy to get you through the rest of the day.

More information on National Public Health Week.

 
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