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Sick lifestyle? More leave, less work ability

RTWMatters team

Workers with healthy lifestyles have less sick leave and higher work ability than those who smoke, eat poorly, exercise little and are overweight.

Workers with unhealthy lifestyles tend to have more sick leave and reduced work ability compared to workers who make healthier choices. In fact, 20% of long-term sick leave and 21% of low work ability can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles amongst workers. In particular, unhealthy diet, moderate or low levels of physical activity and current smoking are linked to low work ability. Smoking and high body mass index are associated with more s...

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