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That's an excellent question.

I see where there are two factors, the generalized viewpoint of the company, versus the actual response and reaction of the people in the company.

For generalized, you look at what fitness facilities are available, what flexibility they have in their health plans, and what support they give to people doing healthy endeavors, for a cause (Team in training, Aids ride, etc.).

Actual response and reaction is more difficult to learn. My suggestion is to decide on the lifestyle you need and want, and be sure to express that during the interview. This takes some soul searching, and commitment.

I found thss very hard to do, as I grew up poor, and always thought that I should take whatever anyone offered, and give a 110% to who I worked for. I guess I finally reached the level of self actualization, as Maslow puts it, and decided I had to lead the way for my own health. I make sure my personal hobbies are on my resume, and for me they include running marathons, doing triathlons, teaching martial arts, etc. If I reach the interview stage, these items usually come up. I then link them to my talents, which are improved by my healthy lifestyle. These would include being calmer, handling stress well, being able to handle long days, and serving as a mentor or coach to people who work with or for me. The risk is that you make not be the peson the company wants, but better to learn that from the start.

Final thoughts: In the next few months, setup your personal commitment to your health and fitness. Come up with short term and long term goals. Think carefully about what you enjoy. Think about what assistance you want from coaches, etc. Once started down the path, carefully choose what your public commitment is going to be. I'm going to run a marathon, raise funds for a charity, etc. Feel the pressure, and confidence from making that commitment. This is great practice for then doing the same with what you want your next job and workplace to be. Then mental aspects of this are very important.

Hope this helps,
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