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From the Top: Better Health Through Economic Opportunity

As we work to build Memphis into an economic leader with global impact, it becomes crucial for us to address the health of our workforce. It’s no secret that Tennessee has room for improvement in this area, but not everyone understands how that unhealthiness affects our workplace environments.
On a larger scale, cities with a good health reputation tend to attract new business, spur investment and inspire all their residents to make healthy choices. However, on an individual level, a health workforce can help your company to:
1. Recruit and retain employees. When you make it clear that you value the wellness of your employees and implement a system that encourages them to make healthy choices, you’ll gain the reputation as a great place to work.
2. Reduce healthcare costs. Healthy employees have fewer insurance claims and medical costs, making it cheaper to cover them in the long run, which is great for your bottom line.
3. Reduce absenteeism. When you encourage employees to take care of themselves, they will be less likely to get sick or injured, which means they’ll miss less work.
4. Increase productivity. Less stress, more energy, a teamwork mentality – all are  key features to a productive and happy workforce.
We already have many member companies in our community who are putting programs and practices in place to encourage the health of employees and citizens:
  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is partnering with Memphis Area Legal Services and the University of Memphis Law School to create Memphis CHiLD (Children’s Health Law Directive) to focus on identifying the legal and social issues impacting patient health and providing a means to address those issues through direct legal services, education and advocacy for children and families.
  • The Memphis Grizzlies have permanently opened the RiverFit trail along the Mississippi River that includes six fitness and exercise stations, stretching supports, two sand volleyball courts and a soccer field to encourage outdoor activities and overall fitness in the Downtown community.
  • Members like Memphis Jewish Community Center, Rhodes College, Baptist Memorial and many, many more (view the full list here) have become official Healthier Tennessee Workplaces.

So if you agree that the health of our workforce should be a priority for our city, join me for the Memphis “Better Health Through Economic Opportunity” Forum on Tuesday, November 17th from 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. at the University of Memphis. The event is hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Greater Memphis Chamber and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and will include a mix of speakers, panel discussions, and audience engagement opportunities involving a cross-section of business and community leaders addressing community health priorities.
Register today at to attend this free forum and join Memphis leaders to discuss how together we can create a healthier Memphis. The space is limited to the first 100 registrants, so sign up today.

Phil Trenary
President & CEO
Greater Memphis Chamber


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