At Garnett-Powers, Wellness is our Concern

GPA may be a “health insurance” agency, but we’re also concerned with your “health assurance.” Let’s face it, the more we focus on our own health, and the health of our clients, the more we can work together to control and reduce overall healthcare costs; not just for your company, but for your individual employees as well.

It’s an unfortunate fact, but obesity statistics in this country are overwhelming. The following information was published by the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases for adults over the age of 20:

  • More than two-thirds (68.8 percent) of adults are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • More than one-third (35.7 percent) of adults are considered to be obese.
  • More than 1 in 20 (6.3 percent) have extreme obesity.
  • Almost 3 in 4 men (74 percent) are considered to be overweight or obese.
  • The prevalence of obesity is similar for both men and women (about 36 percent).
  • About 8 percent of women are considered to have extreme obesity

As if obesity wasn’t enough, heart disease also motivates us to provide guidance on the pathway to health. Alarmingly, about 610,000 people die of heart disease every year¹. That’s roughly the population of Washington D.C.! It is the leading cause of death for both men and women, yet the health of our heart, and this statistic, are largely within our control.

In this wellness section of our website, you will find instructional videos on how to make healthy food, tips on weight reduction, and links to our favorite wellness sites; basically, as much viable information as possible to assist you and your employees with a successful journey to better health.

Please join us in fighting the negative statistics, and let’s embrace better health and wellness together!

We welcome any suggestions for additional content, and are happy to provide additional information on any posts that interest you.

Stay tuned for updates as we develop this section of our website with great info on how to get well, stay well and be well!


¹CDC, NCHS. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed Feb. 3, 2015.