ANCHOR LEAD: A GROWING NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS ARE MANDATING HEALTHLY HABITS IN THEIR WORKFORCE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Imagine being told to exercise 4 times a week or you’ll be fired. Or that failure to take cholesterol lowering medications will result in the loss of your job. While such actions may seem far-fetched, a growing number of employers are requiring healthy habit adoption and disease management as a condition of continued employment. Sherita Golden, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
GOLDEN: We want to make sure we aren’t discriminating against patients based on the diseases that they have, because there’s no reason that a person with diabetes can’t do a job as effectively as someone without diabetes, however, we do know that for example, if patients are prone to having low blood sugar that can certainly impair their ability to do their job well, and can impact other who are working around them, and if patients are certainly having impairments in their disease they need to seek their physicians help, in combination with their employer to maximize their treatment. :30
Employers argue that out of control health insurance costs are mandating such policies. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.