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Aruba, April 6, 2016 - April 7 is World Health Day. It’s a great time to mobilize your employees around a cause and remind them of the importance of workplace wellness! We commemorate World Health Day on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) founding anniversary. Each year, WHO focuses on a specific health issue with worldwide implications.

The 2016 theme is Beat Diabetes. Did you know?
“About 350 million people worldwide have diabetes, a number likely to more than double in the next 20 years.”
“In 2012, diabetes was the direct cause of 1.5 million deaths. More than 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.”
“Type 2 accounts for around 90% of all diabetes worldwide. Reports of type 2 diabetes in children have increased worldwide”.
Diabetes is increasingly prevalent worldwide and harms families, businesses, and communities. Luckily, it’s preventable and treatable, and your company can help get the word out! WHO offers free materials such as free posters and useful fact sheets to help publicize the issue and even suggests ways to get involved with different audiences.
World Health Day is a perfect opportunity to re-focus supporting wellness in your workplace, partnering with local organizations and building community engagement against a common cause.
Why Promote Wellness?
Supporting World Health Day enables you to draw community attention to a devastating illness and ways to combat it. In your company, it provides an opportunity to promote overall wellness benefits, highlight your wellness programs and focus attention on controlling Diabetes. Working together to support a cause engages workers and can build important community partnerships. Healthy, engaged workers are happier, more productive and the foundation of any successful business.