Employers somewhat responsible for employee health: Survey

60 per cent of workers have three or more unhealthy behaviours
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 01/06/2011

Eight out of 10 Canadians believe common diseases are completely or mostly preventable, yet almost two-thirds (63 per cent) have adopted a pattern of unhealthy behaviours, according to Sun Life’s 2010 Canadian Health Index.

In fact, 60 per cent of Canadian workers have three or more unhealthy behaviours — such as smoking, exercise, diet, sleep, stress and water intake — and lack of exercise, smoking and poor diet are major risk factors for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, said Sun Life.

Two-thirds (65 per cent) of those with three of more unhealthy behaviours have two or more risk factors while 18 per cent have all three risk factors for disease, found the survey. Of all respondents, 41 per cent have two or more risk factors for disease and 11 per cent have all three risk factors — smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise.