Wellness summit aims to establish culture of health among local workforce

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TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The fifth annual Executive Wellness Summit brought together local companies and health experts in hopes of establishing a culture of health in the workplace.

About 100 people attended the Wellness Summit that was held at Traditions at the Glen in the town of Union on Wednesday.

It featured breakout sessions, expert speakers, in-depth discussions, networking opportunities and movement activities.

With Americans spending more time at work than ever before, workplace wellness can play a major role in the overall health of adults.

“Are they [employers] allowing them [employees] opportunities for a lunch break or a walk in the afternoon? Is there an opportunity to get up from our desk where we are sedentary so much of the time? You know, we are working over 47 hours a week these days and we want to make sure that these employees are up and active and if they know how to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Gina Chapman the Regional Director of the Southern Tier American Heart Association.

Officials say a healthy workforce improves productivity in employees and having healthier employees leads to less people being absent due to easily preventable diseases.

Chris Overby

Chris Overby

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