Turkey Is Encouraging People to Work Less and Sweat More

In America, the 9-to-5 job is nearly extinct. Most career-driven individuals work well beyond the eight-hour cutoff, often staying “online” until bedtime. Lunch hours have gone from human necessity to bona fide indulgence, and our daily sweat sessions are often the first things we cut when deadlines and to-do lists cram our calendars.

In light of this trend toward neglecting self-care, we’re praising companies that are bringing humanity and a healthy lifestyle back into the workplace. Netflix, for example, just launched a phenomenal unlimited maternity and paternity option. However, we might have to give our highest praise to a country, not a company.

Turkey is encouraging its citizens to hit the gym before work. Led by Governor Dursun Ali Sahin, the Turkish province of Edirne is promoting a new health initiative entitled Our Cure Is Sport to fight the surging obesity epidemic in the country. The program allows all government workers who sign up to clock in an hour later for work if they work out first. Our Cure Is Sport is also giving participants nutritional advice by allowing each of them access to a dietitian. Cheers to Governor Sahin and his commitment to a better work/life balance!

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