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New Study Shows Older Employees Are Healthiest, Workers in 30s Most at Risk for Illness

Monday August 25, 2008

“Our survey showed employees in their 30s were remarkably inactive,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “This may be due, in part, to the fact that 30-somethings are more likely to be consumed in raising a family, and aren’t allocating the time for exercise.

“Workers in their 30s may be at peak productivity but also at greatest risk for neglecting their health and developing long-term health problems due to poor lifestyle choices,” he added. “Corporate wellness programs should be especially attentive to the needs and issues of this age group.”

Key Findings:

    - 52.2 percent of employees in their 60s had healthy diets, compared to 17.7 percent of workers in their 30s

    - 27.3 percent of employees in their 50s exercised more than four days a week, while 19.6 percent of 30-something workers did so

    - 82.6 percent of workers in their 60s had a very positive outlook on life, compared to 46 percent of employees in their 30s

    - 30.4 percent of employees in their 60s had high stress levels, while 64.7 percent of 30-somethings had high stress

For a copy of the full report, as well as a tip sheet on age-specific wellness programs for Building the Optimal Workforce, go to www.compsych.com/wellnessreport.

About ComPsych

Founded in 1984, ComPsych is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs) and is the leading provider of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, crisis intervention services and outsourced HR solutions under the GuidanceResources brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 27 million individuals and 11,000 organizations throughout the U.S. and 92 countries. ComPsych creates “Build-to-Suit” programs which help employers attract and retain employees as well as improve employee productivity and performance. For more information, visit www.compsych.com.

Contacts
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