- Category: At Work
Our 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. Enroll to be part of the SABGH HERE.
- Category: At Work
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
- Healthy Meeting Toolkit
- Healthy Meeting Guidelines
- Model Healthy Meeting Resolution
- Healthy Meetings: Changing the Social Norms for Meetings (Webinar)
- Healthy Meetings and Events One-Pager
Resources courtesy of Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- Category: At Work
Recognizing employer-based health and wellness promotion efforts
The 2016 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program application closed on November 4, 2016.
View the application here.
The Healthy Workplace Recognition Program is an initiative of the San Antonio Business Group on Health and the Mayor’s Fitness Council. The program recognizes 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 six areas:
- Health promotion and education
- Physical activity
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Health benefits and value-based benefit design
This year’s application also emphasizes the importance of including the Active Living Plan as an optional area for recognition.
2016 Recognition Levels
| Business Category
The Healthy Workplace Recognition Program is designed for beginning to advanced wellness programs and encourages continual growth. Employers are categorized by size:
● Small Employer = 200 or less employees
● Medium Employer = 201-999 employees
● Large Employer = 1,000 or more employees
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.
- Certificate of award
- Announcement in local press release
- Recognition by the Office of Mayor Ivy Taylor and The Mayor's Fitness Council (MFC)
- Recognition at reception/event supported by Mayor Ivy Taylor
- Permission to use the corresponding Healthy Workplace Recognition Program award-level logo
2015 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards
2015 Local Employers Recognized for Worksite Wellness Efforts
The San Antonio Business Group on the Health (SABGH), in collaboration with the Mayor's Fitness Council recognized San Antonio businesses through the 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Program. Employers were recognized for their work to improve employees' health through their worksite wellness initiative and awarded a bronze, silver or gold-level recognition in two categories. To meet these standards, employers must prove senior management support of employer-sponsored wellness programs and provide examples of company culture that encourages health and wellness, health promotion and education, physical activity, nutrition, smoking and tobacco cessation, and employer-sponsored health benefits.
Congratulations 2015 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awardees!
Click HERE to see pictures from last year’s awards ceremony.
Small Workplace Category (up to 200 employees)
Medium to Large Workplace Category (200+ employees)
- Category: At Work
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- Category: At Work
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
SABGH 3rd Quarterly Forum
MFC members met on Friday August 28, 2015 here in San Antonio. The San Antonio Business Group on Health is co-hosted this forum. Please check back for future meetings, webinars, and forums.
Join the SABGH for presentations and discussions on local initiatives that directly impact the health of employees.
CDC Worksite Health Score Card
The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard (HSC) is a FREE online tool designed to help employers assess and improve health promotion programs in their worksites. The HSC has been evaluated and determined to be a reliable tool for employers to use in assessing health promotion programs aimed at improving lifestyle risks and preventing chronic disease among employees. The HSC helps employers identify gaps in their health promotion efforts and prioritize high-impact strategies for health promotion at their worksites.
For more information click HERE
This tool aids employers in assessing worksite health promotion by asking YES/NO questions across 16 health domains:
- organizational supports
- tobacco control
- physical activity
- weight management
- stress management
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke
- lactation support
- occupational health and safety
- vaccine-preventable diseases
- community resources
Click the image to download the CDC Score Card User Guide
Click the images below to access tutorial videos
For more info on how to use the score card click HERE
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
Chronic Disease Prevention - The purpose The purpose of this webpage is to provide a clearinghouse of information and resources for physicians and consumers regarding chronic disease prevention through nutrition and lifestyle behavior changes.
Starting Small: Suggestions for small businesses and worksites
Health Promotion and Education
Smoking and Tobacco Use
Health Benefits and Value-Based Benefits Design
Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities
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