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WorksitesOur At Work section provides information for local employers seeking to improve the health of their workforce.

You'll find resources to assist you in your quest to build a successful workplace wellness program or improve upon existing efforts.These resources are meant to be useful in designing and implementing worksite wellness programs targeted at workforces of any size and with minimal resources. For workplace wellness program ideas and to learn how to be recognized for your efforts, visit  Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.


The San Antonio Business Group on Health aims to improve the Health of the San Antonio Workforce by providing the business community with opportunities to network, discuss best practices, promote worksite wellness initiatives, and recognize local employers for their efforts to improve employee health and wellness. Download the application to join HERE.  

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 Apply now for the Healthy Workplace Recognition Program.

Who should apply for recognition through the Healthy Workplace Recognition Program? Employers who actively promote a culture of wellness within their organizations should apply for recognition through the Healthy Workplace Recognition Program. Receiving a healthy workplace designation reveals your hard work, efforts and commitment to supporting your employees while continuing to achieve results for your organization. Find out more about the Healthy Workplace Recognition Program HERE.



happyworkplaceby Tripsie Coker

Traditionally employers have placed health care as a top priority, and most have started taking measures to prep for an increasing cost and risk to their organizations. However, new ideas of delivery, new ways to approach managing health and new required compliance issues are igniting thought processes that are outside the norm. The thought of an employer needing to “take care” of the responsibilities of health insurance for its employees and their families is shifting. As AON Hewitt’s 2013 Health Care Survey shows, more and more companies are taking risks at a faster pace than ever before.

Currently, 72% of companies are focusing their strategies on health care programs that lower medical costs and improve health risk. However, within the next three to five years, AON Hewitt states that 48% of these same employers will likely shift their energy into improving workplace productivity and reducing absenteeism by combining health care with wellness programs, thus improving health and performance. What companies are realizing is employees actually tend to become more engaged when they are offered this tidal wave of health care and progressive wellness program management.

What’s true for nearly all employers is reducing unnecessary expenses starts with watching the bottom line, but actually motivating employees to change their behaviors is what will yield those long-term rewards, both in the workplace and outside of it. The best way to tackle this change in mindset is by designing with intent. Only 2% of employers today actually provide their employees with a fixed-dollar subsidy to purchase health coverage. In the next five years though, expect 28% to move to a defined contribution approach. You will see employers continue to subsidize their participants, but the expectations are, consumer driven health plans will begin to emerge in the marketplace with unceasing urgency.

Taking preemptive steps today will ensure and enable your organization to be ahead of the curve and above water when it comes to health costs and employee productivity. Opening up the dialog for this health shift in the workplace might actually be the best proactive change you can make for those long-term results within your organization!

Executive Summary


The San Antonio Business Group on Health (SABGH), in collaboration with the Mayor's Fitness Council (MFC), announces
the "Devoted to Health: Embrace the Step" stairwell campaign. In 2012, Baptist Health Foundation awarded the MFC a
grant to increase physical activity in the workplace.

Choosing the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator is one way for people to be more physically active at work.
Reasons employees may not use the stairs at work are because they perceive them as uninviting or unsafe.

Workplace Participation

The “Devoted to Health: Embrace the Steps” stairwell campaign consists of five posters (8 ½” X 11” and 11” X 17”)
containing motivation messages promoting stair usage. We encourage employers to place the posters near elevators,
escalators, and stairwells. You may want to consider tracking stair usage before and after the campaign.



For more information visit CDC’s StairWELL to Better Health:http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/index.htm

Promoting Stair Usage

Below are more ways to improve your stairwells and promote stair usage among employees.


  • Announce the campaign in your newsletter, wellness emails, or bathroom banter
  • Integrate walk and talk meetings with stair use
  • Encourage employees to take stretch breaks by taking the stairs
  • Increase awareness of stair usage in health education materials


  • Hold drawings among stairwell users for prizes
  • Hold a contest for employees to track the number of flights walked

Physical Alterations to Stairwells:

  • Pain the stairwells bright colors
  • Hang artwork in the stairwell
  • Enhance the lighting in the stairwells for safety
  • Add rubber treating for safety
  • Carpet your stairwell
  • Install music
  • Theme stairwells

The mission of the MFC is to lead San Antonio to be one of the healthiest and most active communities in the nation in which residents, groups and organizations work collaboratively to achieve targeted health and fitness goals.

For more information on this campaign or to order posters for your workplace contact Jeremy Beer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (210) 207-5377.

Recognizing employer-based health and wellness promotion efforts

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The Healthy Workplace Recognition Program is an initiative of the San Antonio Business Group on Health and the Mayor’s Fitness Council. The program was created to recognize local employers for their worksite wellness efforts.The Mayor's Fitness Council and the SABGH recognize local employers in the following categories - Small Worksites ( up to 200 employees) and Medium to Large Worksites (200 employees +). 

Criteria developed to comprehensively assess worksite wellness programs in five areas:

  • Culture
  • Health promotion and education
  • Physical activity
  • Nutrition
  • Smoking and tobacco use
  • Health benefits and value-based benefit design

Recognition Levels

Small Business Category
(Up to 200 employees)
Medium to Large Business Category
(200 employees+)







Honorable mention

Recognize employers whose programs may be in infancy and are not yet able to meet the HWRP criteria as specified on the second page, but they are able to demonstrate some efforts aimed at improving employee health.

Awardees Receive

  • Certificate of award
  • Announcement in local press release
  • Recognition by the Office of Mayor Julián Castro & The Mayor's Fitness Council (MFC)
  • Recognition at reception/event supported by Mayor Julián Castro
  • Permission to use the corresponding Healthy Workplace Recognition Program award-level logo

  • apply now  2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program Application

2013 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards

2013 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program Recognizing Local employer-based Worksite Wellness Efforts

On May 21st, 2013 - Mayor Julian Castro, the Mayor's Fitness Council and the San Antonio Business Group on Health recognized San Antonio employers for their work in improving their employees' health through their woksite wellness initiatives. The employers listed below were awarded either bronze, silver or gold in one of two worksite categories; Small Worksite (up to 200 employees) or Medium to Large Worksite (more than 200 employees). Employer's recognized proved senior management support of employer-sponsored wellness programs and provided examples of company culture that encouraged health and wellness, health promotion and education, physical activity, nutrition, smoking and tobacco cessation, and employer-sponsored health benefits.

Congratulations 2013 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awardees!

Small Workplace Category (up to 200 employees)

  • CP & Y, Inc.
  • Dr. Rogers Weight Loss Centers
  • ESD & Associates
  • Mid-Coast Electric Supply Company
  • Padgett, Stratemann & Company, LLP
  • RVK Architects, Inc.
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • San Antonio Sports
  • Time Warner Media San Antonio

Medium to Large Workplace Category (200+ employees)

  • Baptist Health System
  • Broadway Bank
  • Harlandale ISD
  • Methodist Healthcare
  • North East ID
  • Northside ISD
  • United Healthcare
  • USAA
  • Argo Group
  • Bexar County
  • City of San Antonio
  • CPS Energy
  • Harland Clarke Holdings
  • H-E-B
  • Lancer
  • Our Lady of the Lake
  • San Antonio College
  • San Antonio Water System
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Tesoro Corporation
  • University Health System
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • University of Texas San Antonio
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • VIA Metropolitan Corporation
  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio
  • Palo Alto College
  • South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

The SABGH aims to provide educational and networking opportunities throughout the year on various health, wellness, and benfits topics that align with it's mission and meets the needs of its membership. It's currently FREE to become a member. Join HERE.

Upcoming Meetings, Webinars, and Forums


sabghlogoSABGH Quarterly Forum

February 25, 2014
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Double Tree Hotel
502 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78207

Description: San Antonio Business Group on Health first quarterly meeting of 2014. SABGH members only. To register, visit HERE




Previous Presentations

September 2012 - Going Tobacco-Free at the Worksite

May 2012 - Healthy Workplace Recognition Program

May 2012 - Healthy Vending Guidelines

January 2012 - SABGH Kick-off Meeting