- Category: At Work
by Tripsie Coker
There are several ways to promote wellness within the workplace. One of the best ways to successfully promote those program rollouts is to build out a recurring wellness calendar of events for your employees to champion around. Best practices indicate consistency in program offerings can help with higher engagement and adoption of the programs your company is trying to build.
Some organizations have implemented the idea of building a themed calendar of events. Each year, they choose several areas they will target and then they feature those highlighted items using various forms of employee communication channels. For example, developing an “Awareness Months Calendar” can be quite helpful when trying to come up with ideas for your campaigns. There are several possible options to choose from like, January’s Healthy Weight Awareness Month, or March’s Nutrition Month. These easy to find “awareness themed months” can help you highlight and feature the areas within your organization that you want to target on at a high level. Monthly newsletters or eNews promotions are great ways to communicate your company’s monthly-targeted awareness campaigns.
The whole idea for an “Awareness Months Calendar” is to keep your organization fully engaged in actionable health strategies. These easy to organize health events can become integrated into the foundation of your wellness program, and they cost little to roll out. They target educating your employee base, which keeps them mindful of their health in several areas, thus creating that holistic wellness approach we all so desperately want to achieve! Keep both your wellness program and your participants on their toes with this cool idea, and you’ll see some inspiring changes within the workplace!
- 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.
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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)
- 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.
For more information on this campaign or to order posters for your workplace contact Jeremy Beer at or (210) 207-5377.
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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
Check back here for upcoming meetings.
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