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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.  

 

  


 

Executive Summary

Background

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.

CLICK ON ANY OF THE POSTERS TO THE RIGHT TO DOWNLOAD, PRINT, AND POST AT YOUR OFFICE.

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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.

Promotion:

  • 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

Incentives:

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

Physical Alterations to Stairwells:

  • Paint 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.

Studies show a strong relationship between the physical and social environments of the workplace and the health behaviors of employees.

Nearly half of our waking hours are spent at work, and many of those hours are spent in meetings and conferences. By adopting healthy meeting guidelines, your organization can help to create an environment that supports employees’ and members’ efforts to eat well and be physically active. Below is the Healthy Meeting Toolkit, developed by members of the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA). It includes guidance on key components of a healthy meeting and resources to help make hosting healthy meetings easier.

 

Healthy Meeting Resources

 

Resources courtesy of Center for Science in the Public Interest.

DiverseWorkby Tripsie Coker

One of the biggest challenges wellness programs face is that of differing physical locations in congruence with diverse employee populations. Launching a wellness program can be a trying task. A wellness program manager has to take into consideration a multitude of factors: population age, activity levels, socioeconomic factors, job functions, employee health risk factors and many more. However, a whole other level of complexity rears its head when an organization is spread out among different states, or even internationally. Culture, climate, and access to amenities/resources can take a toll on the success of the wellness program as a whole.

Many companies face these hurdles with a lackluster “Wellness Portal”. They assume throwing a generic “points system” together linked to Health Risk Assessments and Biometric Screenings will miraculously wake their employee population up and get them moving. The sad, but obvious truth is, it won’t. Incentives and wellness portals don’t translate across diverse populations, especially ones located apart geographically. The best defense for combating high healthcare costs is a good wellness offense. To stay on the offensive, you have to think about cultivating a unique approach for each location that makes an impact to that particular worksite.

A culture of wellness is pivotal for any company, but each office location should have the ability to put their fingerprint on their wellness. Some sites might value stress management and work-life balance, while another might want to make their main focus physical health (fitness and nutrition). The best way to find out what works and what does not work is by taking a poll of your employee population. Focus groups and surveys will give you some of the qualitative data your health care claims can’t give you.

Bottom line, creating a holistic wellness program should not be grounded in a wellness portal; it needs to start from a culture of wellbeing in the company. Yes, having tools and resources will make your program stronger, but you can make a difference without investing your company’s capital straight from the onset of the launch of your program.

bigstock-Multi-Ethnic-Group-of-People-W-66436609by Tripsie Coker

Many companies have businesses that span across the globe. Just because an organization has international offices, doesn’t necessarily make it a “global company”. One unified vision among each office, all of which are striving towards the same goal…THAT makes a global company.

Wellness works the same way. When you run your wellness program, each office creates their own version of what works for them, but if there isn’t a strategy tied to their work, their outcomes aren’t as far reaching as you might like. Spinning your wheels in an effort to put out as many challenges and initiatives as you can in one calendar year can be time consuming and draining, not only on the budget, but on the effort it takes to rally the employee population to take part in all of these inconsistent programs.

The best way to create a strong wellness program, one with a global mindset, is to narrow down on one or two outcomes you want your organization to focus on. Honing in on those refined health related topics can really help move the needle. Instead of offering 20 different options of varying activities within each of your offices, knock two GREAT challenges out of the park. Just two. Focus all your effort on making those two initiatives take root and implement them with excellence! This way, you create a pattern that your employees can follow; it is something they come to expect almost. Each year, your focus may change, but the outline will remain the same. For example, in 2015 you might want to focus on stress reduction and lowering blood pressure, but in 2016 you can change those to diabetes awareness and weight management. The beauty of having a truly “global” program is, you will always be running in the same direction. Having a common vision and strategy will enable your program to thrive in the areas that matter the most to your organization and the employees you are affecting.

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