Quest Vision Care Specialty Care Lab promotes health & physical wellness amongst employees
Largo, FL., May 7, 2019 – Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab, Inc. is taking this year’s annual National Fitness Day seriously, offering tangible benefits for any employee who decides to join them in their Quest to promote health and physical fitness in the workplace. This lifestyle initiative stems out of a growing national concern that American adults are not getting enough exercise. A recent study puts the national average at approximately 78% of adults not get the recommended amount of daily exercise. The Center For Disease Control Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans states that, “for substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) to 300 minutes (5 hours) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) to 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Preferably, aerobic activity should be spread throughout the week.” (https://health.gov/paguidelines/secondedition/pdf/Physical_Activity_Guidelines_2nd_edition.pdf#page=55)
In recent years there have emerged several prominent studies, looking at the relationship between regular exercise and productivity in the workplace. Briston University conducted one study on 200 employees at three different organizations whereby the employees evaluated themselves on a day with and a day without exercise. The results showed that on workout days, the employees were 21% higher for their ability to concentrate, 22% higher for meeting work deadlines, 25% higher for working consistently without the need for unscheduled breaks, and 41% higher levels of motivation to work. Although productivity is one small dividend of the Quest initiative, the long-term health benefits for its employees Quest Vision Care Specialty Lab 9103 132nd Ave. N Largo, FL 33773 are the focal point. The president and founder, Michael Walach, is a long-time fitness enthusiast and active ‘senior’; playing tennis, golf, and swimming throughout the week. He commented that “exercise is an important aspect to health and too often, lab and office employees do not get enough exercise because of the demands our industry puts on them. Employee health is key to a successful business and we have decided to do our part to provide our valued team the opportunity to improve their health through fitness.”
The Quest fitness promotion plan is multifaceted including their offer to pay employees gym dues for the first 6 months, flexibility in employees’ schedules in order accommodate their workout routines, and paid breaks for stretching during the work day. Quest is currently in the planning stages of developing an in-house fitness room complete with a treadmill, elliptical machine, yoga mats, medicine balls, and TRX system for their employees to use during lunch breaks and before/after work.