Putting Vitamin D to Work in the Workplace
March 8, 2016
Dr. Greg Plotnikoff has spent more than a decade evangelizing about the health benefits of vitamin D to his medical colleagues across the globe.
Now the Allina Health doctor is turning to corporate America, hoping his message will have new resonance amid soaring medical costs and a fragile economic recovery.
Because vitamin D is believed to be effective at treating or preventing such conditions as low-back pain, allergies, migraines, high blood pressure and depression, Plotnikoff argues that the inexpensive pills can play a key role in reducing “presenteeism,” where employees show up for work but don’t get much done. Some studies say the problem costs U.S. employers more than $150 billion a year. Plotnikoff believes that companies can save $112 to $370 per employee per year simply by encouraging workers to boost their vitamin D.
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