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How to Get Your Employees into Fitness

from Fortune

They say couples who sweat together stay together, and that also holds true at companies.

Just a few weeks ago, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge brought attention to a devastating disease. But – in terms of sheer numbers – Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is not necessarily the one we should be most worried about. According to death statistics from 2011 compiled by the CDC, the top three killers in the United States are heart disease, cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases like emphysema. Collectively, these diseases killed 1,316,211 Americans that year, claiming nearly 200 times as many victims as motor neuron disease, which includes ALS.

Apart from the numbers, what's most striking is how preventable many of these diseases are. Regular exercise, together with a proper diet, can dramatically reduce rates of heart disease, for instance. Nonetheless, nearly 80 percent of American adults don't get the recommended amount of exercise each week. more

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