(It’s work in progress and will be all done in next few hours)
Even though India is a young country with a median age of 27 years, today’s lifestyle has led to a healthcare and fitness catastrophe. This in turn has been affecting the productivity of all corporates. Lack of robust corporate wellness programs is costing India Inc. extra $20 billion, an amount that most of us can't even comprehend. That money could have been saved targeting as little as 1% reduction in employee absenteeism because of disease.
Today we don't die as young as we used to a few decades earlier, but that doesn't mean our quality of life is any better, as a matter of fact, it is far worse. Lifestyle diseases like Cardio-Vascular (heart conditions), Cancer, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Diabetes play havoc today, first by bankrupting you both financially and emotionally, and then by contributing to premature deaths in to approximately quarter of Indians (30–70 years).
On top of that, courtesy social media, we are not even in touch with ourselves. Suicide was the leading cause of death in India in 2016 for those aged 15–39 years, i.e. both potential and current corporate employees. A reality we can't anymore shy away from. The fabric of our society is falling apart.
Usually policy papers on health and fitness are written by so called expert(s), passing a judgement on everyone, telling them how to live their lives without knowing anything about them.
Source: Corporate Wellness Programme: Benefits to Organisation & Economy - Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM)
Increased consumption of processed foods, esp. dietary sugar, can offset the benefits of exercise, play a contributory role in OverFat pandemic in India.
Source: Maffetone P., Khopkar M, The Overfat Pandemic in India. Global Epidemic Obesity 2018; Vol 6: Article 2.
The number of employees clinically stressed out is staggering.
Survey conducted by Optum among 8,00,000 employees in 70 large companies, with a minimum workforce of 4,500
Source: Gender differentials and state variations in suicide deaths in India: the Global Burden of Disease Study 1990–2016
Idea was to get you thinking about you and your position on the health continuum. This is a work in progress and as soon as you identify that there is a need to address gaps in health and fitness, and how to go about doing it, it's game on.
Also, please fill out the questionnaires and submit them to us. Your responses will help us come up with customized suggestions.
We also need to identify that this is a generic plan and that it's not a one size fits all either. A detailed customised Corporate Wellness Programme can be developed on understanding basic needs and current status of the corporate.
Dr. Divya Parashar is a Clinical & Rehabilitation Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals to enhance their potential and function at their best, whatever be their illness or disability. She is a fitness enthusiast, a long distance runner, who strongly believes that optimum health and fitness comes from our interactions—with our bodies, our minds, our selves, and the environment. Divya has used her own experiential learning in dealing with pain and injuries to enable others to perform at their peak.
Divya obtained her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA in 2004. Prior to that she did her Masters and Bachelors in Applied (Clinical Psychology) from the University of Delhi. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she has been an academician, having worked as an Asst. Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Centre, USA.
Divya’s core strength lie in the area of mental health counselling & therapy, where she brings the principles of empathy, active communication skills, hope, goals & pathways, and fitness to help achieve optimum health and functioning. She moves away from discussing illness and pathology, and prefers instead to talk about building psychological strengths, opportunities, and reserves that enable individuals to maximize their potential.
Her core philosophy is that wholesome fitness is like running a marathon: it’s not a race against time, against opponents, or even against yourself. It’s about being at your best—in body, mind and soul.