This article healthcare legislation that was recently passed in Japan offers an interesting perspective on the concept of national healthcare. Are we individualistically-oriented Americans really ready for this:
"One regulation, effective in April, requires all citizens over the age of 40 to have their waists measured every year. If a man's waist is more than 33.5 inches or a woman's more than 35.5 inches, they are considered at risk and referred for counseling and close monitoring. The government is also requiring companies to slim down their workers or face higher payments into the national insurance program."
How does your waistline measure up? And are you ready for your bosses to have part of their incentive pay based on your health habits and results?
From a more encouraging perspective, one interesting workplace wellness option is being piloted here in Minnesota in an innovative study by the Mayo Clinic. In the study, workplaces were outfitted with treadmill workstations. Employees set the treadmills for about 1 mile per hour and slowly move along while they answer e-mail, take calls and do other routine desk work. One company even outfitted the conference room with the treadmill workstations and held walking meetings. As an avid walker, I LOVE this idea!
What do you think?