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  • 1. EMBRACING STAFF WELLNESS IN 2008:Small Steps to Lasting ChangeT/TA Health Conference Call Wednesday, January 16, 2008 11:00 am 12:00 pm PSTAllison Hertel, MPA, CHES T/TA Health Specialist

2. Agenda Introduction Defining health and wellness Why develop a worksite health promotion program? How do we implement a wellness program? Choosing your wellnesspriorities Wellness break Developing a worksite wellness program that meets everyones needs ResourcesFilename/RPS Number1 3. Healthy People 2010 Goal50% of worksites employing 50 or more personswill provide programs to prevent or reduceemployee stress.http://www.healthypeople.gov/2 4. What is Health Promotion? Health promotion is the science and art of helping peoplechange their lifestyle to move toward a state of optimalhealth. Optimal health is defined as a balance of physical, emotional, social, spiritual andemotional health. Lifestyle change can be facilitated through a combination of efforts to Enhance awareness Change behavior Create environments that support good health practices Of these, supportive environments will probably have the greatest impact inproducing lasting change.(American Journal of Health Promotion, 1989, 3, 3, 5)3 5. What is Health Education? a process that assists individuals, small groups and large populations to identify health needs and priorities, obtain information and resources neededto meet those needs, and mobilize action aimed atachieving desired change. It focuses on creating an environment in which there are strong individual and structural supports forinformed and voluntary decision-making aboutpersonal health and community well being.(American Journal of Health Promotion, 1989, 3, 3, 5)4 6. The Six Dimensions of Wellness Social Occupational/Environmental Spiritual Physical Intellectual Emotionalhttp://www.nationalwellness.org5 7. 6 key reasons for developing a worksite healthpromotion program 1. Health care costs. It is estimated that in 2003, the U.S. will spend $1.66 trillion dollars onhealth care, much of which can be linked to health habits. 2. Most illnesses can be avoided. It has been suggested that preventable illnesses make upapproximately 70% of all illness related costs. 3. The work week is expanding, and traditional work boundaries are disappearing, creatingadditional health risks to employees. 4. The technology revolution is on, creating health concerns of its own including repetitivestress injuring, low back problems, and sedentary lifestyles. 5. Employee stress levels are increasing. According to a recent national poll, 78% ofAmericans describe their jobs as stressful. 6. Increasing diversity in the workforce means businesses need to address a variety of healthconcerns. Source: Wellness Councils of America, www.welcoa.org6 8. Health & Productivity FACTS Productivity losses related to personal and family healthproblems cost U.S. employers $1,685 per employee per year,or $225.8 billion annually. A meta-review of 42 published studies of worksite healthpromotion programs shows: Average 28% reduction in sick leave absenteeism Average 26% reduction in health costs Average 30% reduction in workers compensation anddisability management claims costs Average $5.93 to $1 savings-to-cost ratioDownloaded on 01/08/08 from: http://www.prevent.org/content/view/29/40/7 9. The only exercise some peopleget is jumping to conclusions,running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, andpushing their luck! Author Unknown 8 10. How do we implement a wellness program? Gather information Choose priorities Develop and set clear goals and objectives Be realistic Evaluate and revise 9 11. Choosing Priorities Disease and Illness Prevention Health Promotion Activities Health Education Organizational Norms Related to Healthy Behaviors Environmental Health10 12. Disease and Illness Prevention Encourage staff to get preventive and primary health care Offer health screenings (e.g. diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI) Offer vaccinations (e.g. Hepatitis B, flu shots) Provide information on age appropriate screenings and tests Provide flex time for staff to get medical and dental exams http://www.4women.gov/11 13. Health Promotion Activities Implement a 10,000 steps a day program Develop staff bulletin boards, have an article in anewsletter, or post flyers throughout program environment Provide discounts to health clubs, prenatal classes,smoking cessation classes, or other health related eventsto staff Provide support to staff to prevent burnout Host a family health care fair incorporate family healthtopics 12 14. Health Education Staff training on employee health issues related todisease and illness prevention Classes on child safety, parenting, labor and delivery,child rearing for staff who are parents Availability of health and nutrition information Serving size displays during trainings and meetings Staff training on employee benefit packages13 15. Organizational Norms Related to HealthyBehaviors Employee benefits package Incentives for staff toparticipate in wellnessprograms Staff meetings and trainings Healthy food and beverageoptions Stretch/Movement breaks Fitness and nutrition classes Flexible work environment14 16. Environmental Health Workstation ergonomics Safety and accident prevention Environmental risks Proper lifting technique demonstrations Going green Policies tobacco free, staff health15 17. Wellness BreakSit up straight in your chair with both feet flat on the floor. Look straight ahead. Slowly reach around behind yourself with your right hand and grasp the top right corner of your chair with your right hand. (You can bend your elbow.) Complete the stretch by moving your left hand as close as possible to your right hand. Stretch as far as you can and hold it for 15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.Interlock your fingers, turn your palms outward and extend your arms away from your body as far as you can. Keeping your back straight and arms parallel to the table or the desk, bow your head slightly. Count to five and lift it back up slowly. Source: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/leadersguide.pdf 16 18. How do you develop a program that meets theneeds of all of your employees?17 19. Developing a Worksite Wellness Program thatMeets Everyones Needs How do you develop a program that meets the needs of all ofyour employees? What do we do when we have some staff that are very excitedand some that are disinterested in changing behaviors andparticipating in activities? What does a worksite wellness program look like for people ineach of the stages of change?18 20. Stages of Change Pre-contemplation Consciousness raising Contemplation Emotional Arousal Preparation Commitment Action Contracts & Rewards Maintenance Countering19 21. 20 22. 10 things you can do TODAY relating to worksitewellness Remove the candy dish from your desk or office. Add a staff bulletin board that encourages physical activity,healthy nutrition, or another health promotion topic. Set up a meeting with your Director to discuss worksitewellness. Research one website that is mentioned today. Add a walking break to your calendar and take it every day.21 23. 10 things you can do TODAY relating toworksite wellness Put signs around office encouraging people to get up andmove! Split your takeout lunch with a friend. Add a movement activity to your staff or management meeting. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a break from your computer close your eyes, move yourlegs, and stretch your arms! 22 24. Online Resources and Ideas Disease and Illness Prevention Health Promotion Activities Health Education Organizational Norms Related to Healthy Behaviors Environmental Health23 25. Healthfinder.gov Your Guide to Reliable Health Information http://www.healthfinder.gov Features: Health news Monthly health observances and resources Online checkups 24 26. MyPyramid Tracker http://www.mypyramid.gov Features: MyPyramid plan & tracker Pregnancy & breastfeeding Steps to a healthier weight Sections for kids & professionals25 27. America on the Move:Steps to a Healthier Way of Life http://www.americaonthemove.org Features: Join as a team or as an individual Receive daily email tips Walk the Oregon or Iditarod interactive trail Healthy eating ideas Challenge buddies and community support26 28. Small Step Adult and Teen Improving thehealth and well-being of America http://www.smallstep.gov Features: Portion control and sizes Activity tracker Interactive diet planning Goal setting Get the Facts Eating, activity and others Newsletters and daily small step tips27 29. Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/programs_tools/worksites/index.html Features: Worksites Eating Smart and Moving More HealthSmart Worksite Wellness Toolkit Healthy Meeting Guide Move More StairWELL Initiative Bring Fresh Produce to Your Setting Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less Snacks and Drinks Guides 28 30. Eat Smart and Move More Posters 29 31. Earth 911: The Nations PremierEnvironmental Resourcehttp://earth911.org/Features:RecyclingHousehold ItemsElectronicsGoing Green at HomeAir QualityNewslettersState Specific Links Events & Activities 30 32. Division of Occupational Health and Safety:Ergonomics at Work Program http://dohs.ors.od.nih.gov/ergonomics_home.htm Features: Computers Ergonomic Chairs Stretches & Exercises A Healthy Back Online Resources31 33. Questions & Comments 32

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