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A Healthy Workforce: June 17, 2014

This is not the way Louise Montana usually starts her day - getting a checkup before checking in for work. She is taking advantage of an on-site employer sponsored health screening.

 “I was one of the first ones because I’m an early person and that was a good thing,” says Montana.

 “We’re a pretty healthy group of people. We’re basically a high-energy, healthy group; we’re very close-knit, we have a very positive culture,” says Gail Markham, founder of Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co.

Accounting is their business, but founder Gail Markham puts great stock in wellness. From a numbers perspective, partnering in her company’s health makes sense.

 “When they feel better, they work better and when they work better they’re happier. It’s just a compounding factor. And I would like to think that that goes to the bottom line somehow,” says Markham.

Prevention costs less than treatment. A modern model of occupational health is to help employers improve the health of their business, quite literally. Mini health fairs are one way to trouble shoot medical problems before they start or before they get out of hand.

 “We’re looking at common problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity,” says Dr. Andrew Singh, an occupational health physician with Lee Memorial Health System.

In the span of about 15 minutes, employees undergo a basic exam, measuring vital signs along with a blood test.

 “With that finger stick of blood we can get what their lipid panel is, so we can find out what their cholesterol is - not only just their total cholesterol but their good cholesterol, their bad cholesterol, their triglycerides - as well as what their blood sugar is,” says Dr. Singh.

Next up is turning those data into action

 “We can give them a prescription for what they should be doing to improve their health,” says Dr. Singh. 

Sound advice for a team used to working with numbers.

“It is a way for all of us to be accountable for what we do every day,” says Montana.