Majority of Asia-Pacific’s Workforce Lead Largely Sedentary Lifestyles
According to the survey findings, nine out of 10 workers (85 percent) spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with five out of 10 eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. Indonesia had the highest number of workers eating at their desks, with 71 percent eating lunch at their desk two to five times per week.
The survey also revealed that majority of Asia Pacific’s workforce (83 percent) exercise less than three times per week, with six out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace. This situation is of greater concern in Hong Kong, where 66 percent of the local workforce engage in physical activity once a week or less, with seven out of 10 workers getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day – a significantly worrying trend in a market that has been recording rising obesity rates in recent years.
Nevertheless, the risk of obesity could be averted if Asia Pacific workers decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. Close to seven out of 10 workers (67 percent) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life; however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.
“While a majority of Asia Pacific’s workforce desire to lead healthy, active lives, there are tangible constraints preventing them from doing so,” said Frank Lamberti, Herbalife Senior Vice President and Managing Director, North Asia. “As a global nutrition company, we hope to help people in the region take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By incorporating positive nutrition habits and physical activity into their current lifestyles, we hope that this will help reduce obesity risks and result in positive improvements to their overall well-being over time.”
Aimed at addressing health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles, and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, held in the months of April and May. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Besides sharing their expert views on a wide range of health-related topics, including weight management, brain health and aging, metabolism, sports medicine, sports science and nutrition, Herbalife’s NAB experts will also address health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and share practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public can also engage in lively dialogues with Herbalife’s NAB experts at the locally-held events, and network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.
“With each new iteration of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead healthier and more active lives. We hope that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthier life,” said Stephen Conchie, Herbalife Vice President and General Manager, Southeast Asia. “This year, we are also delighted to welcome Dr. Darren Burgess to our team of Herbalife NAB experts visiting the region. With his deep expertise in sports science and nutrition, we look forward to having him share his insights and perspectives, and connecting with local professionals and consumers on this edition of the Wellness Tour.”
Herbalife’s Nutrition At Work Survey was conducted in March 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Frank Lamberti, Herbalife Senior Vice President and Managing Director