- 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. Download the application to join HERE.
- 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
by 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.
- 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 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:
- Health promotion and education
- Physical activity
- Smoking and tobacco use
- Health benefits and value-based benefit design
|Small Business Category
(Up to 200 employees)
|Medium to Large Business Category
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 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
2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awards
2014 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 2014 Healthy Workplace Recognition Awardees!
Small Workplace Category (up to 200 employees)
Medium to Large Workplace Category (200+ employees)
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