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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. Enroll to be part of the SABGH HERE.






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:

  • 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.

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 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 five areas:

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


Please reference the Healthy Workplace Recognition Award Instructions and Survey Guide to learn more about the program and what information you will need to complete the survey. 

Get the Workplace Recognition Award Instructions and Survey Guide HERE. 


Keep checking back for 2016 registration!

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 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!

Small Workplace Category (up to 200 employees)

  • Catto & Catto, LLP
  • NatureSweet LTD
  • Mid-Coast Electric Supply Company           
  • Healthways
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • Commercial IT Solutions
  • Health Service Region 8, Texas Department of State Health Services
  • ESD & Associates
  • RVK Architects, Inc.
  • Global SEAT Association
  • Port Authority of San Antonio       
  • Commercial IT Solutions                          



Medium to Large Workplace Category (200+ employees)

  • YMCA of Greater San Antonio
  • City of San Antonio
  • H-E-B
  • Security Service Federal Credit Union
  • Tesoro
  • USAA
  • Valero Energy Corporation
  • Harland Clarke Holdings Corp.
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • BioBridge Global
  • Lancer Corporation
  • CHRISTIS Santa Rosa Health Care
  • CPS Energy
  • Northside Independent School District
  • University Health System
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • VIA Metropolitan Transit
  • Whataburger
  • San Antonio Water System
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Humana
  • Alamo Colleges
  • North East Independent School Districts
  • Methodist Healthcare Ministries





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.

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 logoCDC 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
  • nutrition
  • physical activity
  • weight management
  • stress management
  • depression
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • diabetes
  • 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

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CDC-Tutorial4          CDC-Tutorial5


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.