The Insurance Brokerage firm, Minet Kenya has launched a wellness program aimed at encouraging an adaption of a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.
Speaking at the launch the program to Minet male staff, Minet Kenya Chief Executive Officer Sammy Muthui said the wellness program had been designed to improve the health and performance of employees, understand how to engage, educate, excite and motivate them to take personal responsibility for their health and make sustainable changes.
“A healthy workforce has a direct effect on the overall performance of an organization. It is an aspect of health cost management that focuses efforts on maximizing an employee’s general health and a decision a person makes to move toward optimal health,” Mr. Muthui said.
He noted that a successful corporate wellness program takes time and constantly evolves so it can be integrated into the fabric of the company’s culture, adding that it is a culmination of many solutions that work together under one strategy.
According to the Aon Hewitt’s survey 2012, eight risks and behaviours such insufficient sleep, poor standard of care, poor stress management, lack of health screening, smoking, physical inactivity, poor diet and excessive alcohol consumption drive 15 chronic conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, hypertension, back pain, asthma, obesity, arthritis, allergies, sinusitis, depression, congestive heart failure, lung disease, kidney disease, and high cholesterol; accounting for 80% of total cost for all chronic illness worldwide.
“Minet Wellness Programme, in addition to tackling the eight risks and behaviors, aims to address mental, physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual wellness and create opportunities to learn and build support systems for employees’ co-existence and wellbeing. We are doing this starting with our own employees,” Mr. Muthui said, adding that Minet would be working closely with various health and wellness experts as it rolls out the program.
“We have particularly incorporated mental wellness in our wellness program because mental health disorders attribute to the significant number of indirect deaths through suicide and self-harm. Suicide deaths are strongly linked — although not always attributed to — mental health disorders. Mental health has an impact on physical health and vice versa. We believe that by providing health information to individuals we are helping them improve their wellness whether mentally, physically, emotionally, financially, or spiritually,” he added.
According to Our Word in Data, it’s estimated that 970 milion people worldwide had a mental or substance use disorder in 2017. In Kenya, the prevalence of Mental Health Disorders stands at 12%.