Can Better Workplace Leadership Solve America’s Health Care Problems?

December 2, 2014 Fast Company

By Samantha Cole

The U.S. spends more on health care than any other country, yet we lag behind our peers. Could the answer to our health problems be at work?

If the only thing breaking up your eight hours sitting at a desk are bathroom breaks and trips to the vending machine, you won’t be surprised at the new study showing the wellness failure of the American workplace.

Led by Dr. Katherine Tryon and Dr. Derek Yach from the Vitality Institute, the study is published in the November issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The office, they found, is the weak link in American health care efforts. But it’s also one of the easiest to strengthen—and provides a unique platform for encouraging healthier habits.


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