Local company promotes wellness in the workplace


Multimedia Journalist - Kathryn DiGisi

MARION, Ill. - Some people spend a lot of time in the office while they are work, and all of that sitting and staring a computer screen can lead to some real health hazards. Glaring computer screens, vending machines, and leftover goodies in the break room present a number of hidden health risks.

Aisin Manufacturing, a Marion, Illinois based company has made it their mission to promote wellness in the workplace.

Wellness expert Jason Gillman says offices foster all sorts of ailments.

"Your back is sore, your wrists are sore. Staring at a computer all day can impact your eyes," Gillman said.

Training specialist Michelle Odem showed off an on-campus gym, an endless water supply, a blood pressure machine, and even 'free fruit days' for their employees. Twice a day employees get up from their desks to stretch and flex.

Gillman says your everyday complaints after a stressful day in the office could actually be quite serious. Spinal problems and carpal tunnel syndrome are very common. He notes it is important to maintain good posture and to take breaks in between long stints starring at the computer.

Aisin Manufacturing has recently started a "Biggest Loser" program. Employees can weigh in and compete to see who loses the most. The company also has monetary incentives for people who quit smoking.