According to the World Health Organization, health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of infirmity. A healthy community as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2010 report is one that continuously creates and improves both its physical and social environments, helping people to support one another in aspects of daily life and to develop to their fullest potential.
Healthy places are those designed and built to improve the quality of life for all people and where everyone is free to make choices amid a variety of healthy, available, accessible, and affordable options.
Businesses need to understand the link between poor health, lost productivity and the bottom line. For example, three missed days out of 30 workdays is a 10 percent loss of productivity.
Employers look at three things when determining the basic cost of health insurance: the health of a population, absenteeism and productivity.
Smoking and obesity cost Escambia and Santa Rosa employers $800 million in 2013, says David Sjoberg, who heads the Partnership for a Healthy Community.
Escambia County Health Department data shows that 18 percent of our students are obese based on their body mass index and another 16 percent are considered overweight. In Santa Rosa County, 30 percent of students are considered obese or overweight.
Healthy eating is more expensive, something that cannot be discounted in an area with traditionally low wages.
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