Did you know 6 in 10 Americans live with at least one chronic disease such as heart disease, cancer, stroke or diabetes? In addition, 4 in 10 Americans have two or more chronic diseases (source: CDC). These facts are astounding and clearly emphasize the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

When it comes to chronic diseases, preventative care can truly be a lifesaver. More than 80% of strokes could be prevented with proper screenings. In active jobs such as construction, it’s crucial to know your benefits and know your numbers (physical and lab results). There are many resources available either through your union or insurance carrier.

Here’s a story of how a large Chicagoland painting subcontractor was impacted by the power of preventative care:

One day, A Safety Director was surveying a jobsite with one of his project coordinators when they walked up a set of stairs and he was suddenly gasping for air. This was a cause for concern for the Safety Director, as part of his daily tasks as a painting subcontractor involved climbing up and down ladders. He reached out to Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA) for assistance.

With MMA’s support, the subcontractor decided to host a wellness seminar on a Saturday morning (with no incentives). They had over 95% participation (over 100 employees present), with the workforce consisting of 99% middle-aged men. The wellness seminar was interactive where employees, including leadership, were encouraged to share personal stories. MMA’s wellness advocates discussed unhealthy behaviors and preventative care, and also reviewed the wellness services that were covered under the company’s plan. The well-attended seminar had an extremely positive impact on the construction company’s safety culture.

Could your construction company benefit from similar preventative care education? Contact a wellness advocate today to learn more and possibly save a life.

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