Exercise at work also has mental health benefits

Spending too many hours sitting at your desk or inside an office is known to be unhealthy, so workplace health programs have been designed to improve employees' physical health by encouraging exercise and activity. Now researchers at UCLA have shown another important but lesser-recognized benefit to such programs: improved mental health.

With half of all employers in the United States offering workplace wellness plans, researchers at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA have demonstrated the upside of such plans emphasizingmental health benefits as well as physical ones.

For the study, which was published in the journal Occupational Medicine, the researchers turned to participants in UCLA's wellness program, the Bruin Health Improvement Program. Using data provided by 281 volunteers, the researchers found that at the conclusion of the 12-week program, mental health improved by nearly 19 percentile points, compared to baseline levels measured at the beginning of the fitness program. Read Here>>

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