~ Smriti Jha
Bloomberg Global Health has revealed the health scores for 169 countries. The index grades nations based on variables including life expectancy while imposing penalties on risks such as tobacco use and obesity. It also takes into consideration environmental factors including access to clean water and sanitation.
This year, Spain reserved the top position of the healthiest country in the world while Italy has improved last year rank and, now at number two. Four additional European nations are among the top 10 in the list of healthy countries of 2019.
Let’s have a look at what led these top two healthy countries perform better. Are they leading in the culture of wellness for the employees as well?
Spaniards are mainly known for the longest and most inflexible working hours in Europe. They enjoy “Longer lunches and later evenings’’ from the time initial.
According to the study conducted by Spain’s Institute for Family Policies on “Reconciling work life and family life in Spain”, over 60 percent of Spaniards believe that inflexible hours have a negative impact on their family lives.
The concept of work from home or telecommuting is still to catch attention and popularity. “There is a clear lack of remote working culture in Spain which leaves us lagging behind in Europe, way behind countries such as Sweden, Luxembourg, the UK, Austria, France, and Portugal,” says Eduardo Hertfelder, president of IFP.
A country that regularly features on the peoples’ favourite tour destinations list.
Akin to other major European countries, the Italian economy has not kept pace with growth. Northern Italy is known as more industrialized and developed as compared to south Italy. The later heavily dependent on agriculture and farming.
In one of the articles about Italian workstyle, Michele Faioli and Anna Arca Sedda have mentioned that maintaining health and well-being for the employees is the highest priority. This may be one of the strong reasons why the intensity of work rate i.e. getting enough time to get the work done in Italy is 78% as compared to work intensity rate of 73% in EU.
Source~ sixth European Working Conditions Survey, 2015
About their healthy eating habits
Researchers say eating habits may provide clues to health levels enjoyed by Spain and Italy!
People here feed on “Mediterranean diet, supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts.’’ As per one study led by the University of Navarra Medical School, the Mediterranean diet has a lower rate of major cardiovascular events than those assigned to a reduced-fat diet.
Source: Bloomberg analysis of World Health Organization data
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