By Jeffrey Schaub

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— San Francisco wants its city workers to do a better job of taking care of their health and is developing a new plan to help the city’s 28,000 workers do just that.

Healthier people make happier employees – at least that’s what the City of San Francisco is trying to preach in order for their workers to stay healthy. Healthier workers would also help keep health-care costs low, according to the city’s Health Service System Director Catherine Dodd.

Dodd said the city has already introduced Weight Watchers to Civic Center workers; added Pilates, Zumba fitness and yoga programs. She said so far, collectively, city employees lost 2,500 pounds last year. Her goal is to double that number in the new year.

She said San Francisco is developing a comprehensive plan that would help workers exercise more, shed pounds, change their diets and even reduce stress.

“Someone who’s a little bit overweight and is beginning to have metabolic syndrome…if we can postpone the onset of type 2 diabetes by exercising good nutrition, then they would have a good retirement eventually and we would all save money in the long-run.”

“The long-term is to get people healthy and to get people feeling better,” she said.

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