The Associated Press article Washington (AP) Honda Motor Co. says it is working to help its employees learn about the importance of their bodies and the importance they place on their health.
The Japanese carmaker’s Chief Executive Officer said Thursday it will be launching a wellness program aimed at increasing people’s health and well-being and helping people find the right balance of activity and care.
The wellness program, called the “Healthy Health,” will begin with a screening and education program, said Takashi Iizuka, who became CEO last month.
“We’re all human, and it’s important for us to understand that we’re all connected,” he said.
“That’s why we have to work together to provide people with the right care and to make sure that we all understand the importance that we place on our bodies.”
Iizakas comments come amid growing concern about the role of stress and overindulgence in health.
A survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last month found that nearly a third of adults in the United States and nearly half of children have suffered some form of chronic stress.
Many believe that too much stress is associated with the onset of conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Iizas comments echoed those of the nation’s leading physicians.
“People are going to die of stress,” Dr. Peter Piot, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an expert in stress and its prevention, told The Associated World News.
“They’re going to be more stressed, they’re going.
And they’re not going to recover.”
Izakas said the company is committed to helping its employees feel better and is taking steps to improve its employee wellness program.
The company said it will provide training to employees on the importance and value of physical activity and health, including the use of digital technologies to help employees manage their health and to improve their physical fitness.
The goal of the wellness program is to help workers better understand the relationship between stress and their health, said Iizaka.
“Our goal is to make people understand the concept that the physical, mental, emotional and social factors that contribute to their health are all part of their health,” he added.
Izuka said the wellness plan will be rolled out across the company’s global workforce, and that the company has already begun recruiting employees.
The announcement comes as automakers and insurers are scrambling to figure out how to keep their drivers healthy.
A new study released Thursday found that in the first half of 2018, nearly one in five Americans had more than 30 days of continuous stress over the course of a year.
The study also found that people who had experienced chronic stress were more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression, as well as to experience high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and cancer.
The AP first reported the news of Iizaks comments.