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Employer attitude and support can go a long way in helping Canadians become physically active and more productive, too, with less stress and fewer sick days

Employer attitude and support can go a long way in helping Canadians become physically active and more productive, too, with less stress and fewer sick days. But a survey by the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute shows that while some employers are supportive, offering workout facilities and activities, others could do a lot more to keep their employees healthy and fit.

The "Haves"

  • 20% of employees say their employer is extremely supportive.
  • 67% of these respondents report employer support helps them remain active.
  • 17% have access to fitness facilities at work.
  • 15% have access to exercise equipment such as weights or stationary bicycles.
  • 10% have a group exercise program.

The "Have Nots"

  • 61% of employees said they had little or no encouragement.
  • 45% of these respondents said employer encouragement would help them be more active.
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