Law Enforcement Wellness Program
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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Health and Wellness Program
- For every $1 invested in preventive health care programs the return on investment ranges as high as $5. The overall human resources function within agencies and organizations has shown as much as 25% increased productivity through reduced absenteeism, reduced turnover rate, reduced accidents, reduced workers compensation claims, and many others."
- Significant time effort and training goes into attracting and retaining quality personnel. An investment needs to be made to keep the workforce healthy.
- Studies show that fit officers have 40-70% less absenteeism.
programs have been documented to reduce injury rates, reduce employee
turnover, reduce medical costs, decrease workers compensation costs and
improve employee morale.
- There are six components of physical fitness. Cardiovascular Endurance, Anaerobic Power, Muscular Strength, Muscular Endurance, Flexibility and Body composition.
- 80-90% of a departments budget is spent on salary and benefits not on equipment and training, the officer is the most expensive piece of equipment
- Unfit officers have over twice the risk of dying from disease as an officer who participates in a physical fitness program - an officer with secondary risk factors, such as smoking, high blood
pressure, or high cholesterol, is 6.6 times as likely to die from disease
- In the absence of an effective occupational health and safety program, the employer may face liability lawsuits. Occupational health and safety programs may help reduce liability and the number of lawsuits against a department
- Unfit officers have double the risk of suffering a heart attack than a fit officer has.
- The first step in an effective health and wellness program is medical assessment, this is the foundation upon which interventional programs are based and when done annually is the benchmark for progress.