Executive and upper-management positions may earn bigger paychecks than the average man on the street, but the stress associated with those jobs also mean that the people who hold them average shorter lifespans and job terms. Institutes such as the California Health and Longevity Institute in Thousand Oaks hope to reverse that trend by focusing on the health and wellness of corporate types.
The institute’s executive wellness program is designed to educate its clients about their health through preventive lifestyle changes. The theory goes that by changing their personal lifestyles, executives can increase focus and productivity.
“The idea is that these folks tend to deal with a lot more responsibilities and focus then regular people,” said Stephen Tan, director of complementary and alternative medicine. “It is higher-stress work. They are often highly driven people. Workaholics.”