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Blue-collar workers top charts for worst employee health

from USA Today

Workers who keep the country running through transportation, construction and other services may also suffer the worst health, according to recent rankings of employees' well-being. The research group Gallup and wellness company Healthways gathered information about employees' health and living through its 2011 Well-Being Index to gain a comprehensive picture of workers' health across occupation groups. The survey, released last month, found that blue-collar workers topped the charts when it comes to many health concerns: About 37 percent of transportation workers and 30.7 percent of manufacturing and production employees are obese; smoking was prevalent among 33 percent in mining and construction and 29.3 percent in installation and repair work. more

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