How does exercise fit into a full-time employee’s busy schedule? Often, it doesn’t.
One possible solution to this challenge is to make physical activity a part of the work day. Obviously, being active at work is advantageous for staff members.
But corporations also benefit from having fit, energetic and healthy employees who are more productive.
Your job takes up a lot of your time. In addition to the hours you spend actually working, there is the time required to get to and from work and take lunch and rest breaks during the work day.
In the end, there are a not many hours left over for the rest of your life. This work life imbalance is especially true for Alberta, where statistics show that we work exceptionally hard.
A lot of jobs today are sedentary, and many American Citizens drive to work. the pressures of work may also cause us to eat lunch at our desks and skip breaks.
Then, after work or on the weekends we juggle household chores, family responsibilities and social engagements.
Wellness Programs – Get began on a workplace fitness program
Management plays a key role in creating a culture that promotes health. the leaders at your workplace influence the various policies and the informal or formal practices, and these policies and practices affect your attitude towards healthy active living.
Start by talking to your boss about the benefits of a healthful active workplace. the best way to ensure the success of a workplace fitness program is to have the management on side and cheering you on.
Ask your boss to consider taking these actions –
Send a memo or message about the importance of health and healthful living that encourages staff to take an active break each day.
Give for flexible work hours that help staff to be more physically active. for instance, they might need to take a longer lunch break to attend an exercise class, making up the time by coming to work early or staying late.
Make available a meeting room or other suitable office space for noon-hour yoga or exercise classes, and hire a teacher to lead them, or use videos.
If your boss agrees to support a workplace fitness program, do not forget to say thanks.
You don’t need an on-site health club
Only very large companies can afford onsite fitness facilities like exercise equipment or squash courts. Still, most employers can take other inexpensive steps to support employees who wish to become more active.
For example –
Arrange for discounted fees for employees at a fitness center, recreation centeror YMCA facility.
Install showers and a place to hang a towel. (Make certain the showers are cleaned regularly and that women who use them will feel secure.)
Install bicycle racks or a locked enclosure that is safe, conveniently located and well lighted.
Hold walking meetings and set up lunch-hour walking groups
Make workers aware of safe and pleasant walking routes near the workplace, in addition to nearby facilities that offer fitness programs (like walking, swimming, running, yoga, stretching).
Hire a certified instructor to teach staff about health, fitness and how to become more active.
Any size and kind of workplace can support employees who wish to be physically active. It’s highly desirable to get management on side.
Even when your boss isn’t supportive, you can still find ways to get moving more. Be sure to set up activities for groups and person, and encourage your peers to join in.
September 1, 2010 No Comments
We all know that physical activity is an important part of health and well-being. But sometimes it’s hard to find time for physical activity.
Lack of time is the number one barrier that individuals say avoids them from participating in physical activity on a regular basis.
The good news is that even short sessions of exercise help your health. Research has shown that 10-minute sessions that add up to between 30 and 60 minutes a day can produce meaningful health benefits.
Additionally, there are numerous ways busy individuals can use to be more active. These strategies include –
being active at work
being active with loved ones
scheduling activity into daily life
Different strategies work for different individuals . Being familiar with the different strategies is key to adopting and maintaining an active lifestyle.
Read on to review strategies you can attempt. With enough commitment, some of them are sure to work for you.
Strategy #1 – Multi-tasking
The first strategy you can try is multi-tasking. This means doing things you already do, but in a more physically active way.
This way you get done what you need to get done and you get physical activity at the same time.
For example, you’re already travelling to work and other places. Instead of taking the automobile or the bus every time, attempt using active methods of transportation like biking, inline skating, walking and skateboarding.
When you cannot use active transportation for a whole trip, try to be active for at least part of the trip. When you are riding the bus, for instance, get off several blocks early and walk the rest of the way.
Active transportation benefits your body by increasing your activity level, and it also benefits your neighbourhood and the environment by decling the number of cars on the road.
You can also get exercise while doing housework and chores.
When you are working around home, attempt to be creative and look for the active option. for instance, if you are cleaning the crack between the fridge and the counter, why not move the fridge so you are able to clean the area better and build your strength at the same time?
For outdoor work, opt for the old-fashioned way of doing things, as they’re usually more active. for instance, use a snow shovel rather than a snow blower.
Strategy #2 – be Active at Work
A lot of Americans spend eight hours a day or more working at a sedentary job. Here are a few simple ways to keep your body moving during the workday.
The physical activity will revitalize you and help you be more productive.
When you’re working at your desk, attempt sitting on a stability ball or disk for part of your day (30 minutes to an hour). This gives your back and abdominals a workout.
Take active breaks at least once a day. During your coffee break, attempt doing some yoga, stretching or taking a quick walk.
You might find that walking up and down the stairs several times does a better job of rejuvenating you than the java jolt.
Speaking of the stairs, take them in lieu of the elevator whenever you can. the stairs in your building are an opportunity to get your heart pumping.
Organize walking meetings at work. Getting outside and having meetings in a less formal setting is a excellent way to be active, makes the workday more fun and encourages creative ideas for work projects.
Strategy #3 – be Active With Your Loved Ones
Do physical activity with your family, friends, neighbours and pets. With this strategy, you and your loved ones are doing some great multi-tasking together – enjoying quality time with each other and getting some physical activity that you all need to be healthful.
Go for walks, swims or bike rides together. Play Frisbee, soccer and other games and sports together. When you take your children to the park, play with them in lieu of just watching them play.
A lot of community facilities offer classes that keep you and your children active at the same time. Research these classes and take one or two.
You can even be active when you are watching your kids do activities without you. for instance, if your child plays hockey, take the opportunity to walk up and down the stairs in the stands several times.
If you feel self-conscious about doing it alone, why not gather a group of parents to do it together?
Strategy #4 – Schedule Physical Activity into Your Day
Schedule your exercise directly into your daytimer. Be sure to set a specific time and place for exercising. Make your exercise appointments a priority, just as important as any other appointment you put in your daytimer.
To help you stay committed to your physical activity appointments, you may want to make appointments that involve other individuals - like by meeting with a fitness trainer, taking an exercise class or jogging with a friend.
When you’re not sure how many appointments to make or what you must be doing during your appointments, try consulting with a personal trainer. A personal trainer can help you create a exercise plan and schedule.
The bottom line – figure out what works best for you. Experiment with the strategies. Find inspiration by talking to other people about how they keep active and what strategies they use.
Be creative and patient while you figure out what strategies work best for you. and be aware that your “best strategy” may change from time to time.
With enough effort, you’ll discover what works for you. Then, run with it!
August 31, 2010 No Comments
Commit to workplace physical activity in policy statements and commit funding to physical activity initiatives.
Obviously communicating the benefits of being physically active during the workday reinforces the corporation’s commitment to helping all workers be active.
Use meetings, bulletin boards, newsletters and e-mail to reach as many staff members as possible at least once a year.
Offer flex time for exercise. Invite staff members who actively commute to work or exercise at lunchtime to make up any missed time later in the day.
Allow staff to work part time, so that they can participate in physical activity.
Include a exercise account in your benefit plan to pay for or subsidize fitness memberships, assessments, classes, counselling or instruction.
Give interest-free loans for employees to buy bicycles or good walking footwear/runners.
Conduct periodic surveys of staff exercise preferences, and offer a selection of options to suit those interests and needs.
Hire licensed individuals to lead stretch breaks or physical activity programs or classes. for help in finding accredited fitness leaders, visit Alberta’s Provincial Fitness Unit.
Recognize staff members who participate in exercise. Survey staff members first to determine how they prefer to be recognized, e.g., through corporation newsletters, appreciation lunches, rewards and/or thank you notes.
Provide child care and other family-friendly amenities during physical activities that occur after work.
Prevent scheduling meetings over lunch.
Make certain to encourage active breaks instead of coffee breaks.
Have active fundraisers rather than bingos. for instance, employees might climb the Calgary Tower stairs or take turns riding a stationary bicycle for 24 hours.
Make birthday celebrations active times. Instead of a lunch, invite the birthday person to choose an activity. Options could include a session with a yoga teacher or an evening ski trip.
Promote a casual dress day. One study found that employees who dress casually were more physically active.
August 30, 2010 No Comments
Be certain that your building’s stairwells are clean, attractive and safe, and post signs encouraging employees to use the stairs.
Establish a wellness newsletter or intranet.
Promote the Activity Tracker and encourage staff members to track their physical activity every week.
be creative, and make the most of the workspace you have. for instance, mark off a safe walking path inside or around the building.
You may also set up a training circuit, highlighting features of the worksite like stairs.
Offer exercise opportunities at different times to accommodate night-, shift-, and part-time staff members.
for employees in remote or satellite offices, offer equal access to key programs via the intranet. Adapt challenges to suit their environment and take benefit of local facilities and resources.
Make physical activity available to staff members with special needs. Adapt information and activities for any staff who are visually impaired or physically disabled in addition to for individuals who speak English as a second language.
Educate employees about exercise using information from reputable sources like the Alberta Center for Active Living.
Offer facilities that invite on-site exercise. Possibilities include bike racks, an exercise room, change rooms with lockers and showers, and safe and attractive grounds for walking.
Hold walking meetings.
Be certain to encourage workers to walk to coworkers’ offices in lieu of e-mailing or phoning.
Be certain to set up a stretching room. This low-cost initiative requires only a room, stretching mats, stability balls and medicine balls. Put up posters that show stretches and exercises.
Give incentives such as shoe bags, ball caps, T-shirts or water bottles to reward staff participation.
Loan out pedometers for three months, so that employees can find out how many steps they ordinarily take and how much activity they need to add to get basic health benefits.
Make space for staff members to plant and maintain a flowerbed or garden at the workplace. Use any resulting produce for meetings and potluck lunches or donate it to charity.
Plan a workplace wellness fair.
Hire a certified fitness specialist to design and manage an onsite fitness facility.
Supply staff members with active wear that shows off the company logo.
August 29, 2010 No Comments
Organize a launch event to create excitement about upcoming activities and to create a social climate that establishes being active as the norm.
Organize and promote monthly or bi-monthly company events that are fun and active, e.g., picnics with physical games, staff tournaments and dragon boat racing.
Be certain to encourage families to join in by including all-ages events such as relay races, soccer matches, bocce ball and baseball games.
Start a swim club at a local pool. Invite groups of staff members to swim the distance of a nearby lake. Convert kilometres to lengths and reward staff members who complete the swim.
Be sure to set up a challenge between workers and managers to see who covers the greatest distance.
Post a sign-up board where staff can enroll in a group or find a buddy to participate in activities of interest.
Arrange a company badminton tournament that lasts several months, with each employee playing once a week. Post the results as the tournament progresses.
Organize an office Olympics, World Cup, Wimbledon or Masters Games. Invite teams to compete in several activities over a month. Reward everyone who participates.
Develop a point system in which one minute of activity is equivalent to one point. Be sure to set a target, and post a chart where all workers can track their points. Reward the first group to reach that target.
Co-ordinate a stair climb challenge. Post a chart at the top of the stairwell, and encourage workers to track the number of flights of stairs they climb each workday.
Be certain to set up teams, and award a prize to the first team to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest.
Post and promote a sign-up board for lunchtime walking groups.
Organize a walk “across the United States ” Select a route, figure out how many steps it’d take to walk that distance and challenge staff members to do it.
Provide or loan pedometers to employees, and ask them to record the number of steps they take. Or, if you cannot afford pedometers, track the minutes walked. Make certain to set up a challenge between employees and managers to see who can walk across the United States first.
Co-ordinate a walk to work club. Acknowledge staff members who either walk to work or walk to public transit.
Have a volunteer group leader guide weekly lunchtime power walks.
Coordinate a million-step challenge. Form groups, challenge each group to walk a combined sum of a million steps and reward the winner. Departments or sites could compete with each other and with management.
Challenge staff members to walk 10,000 steps a day. Buy pedometers for all participating staff members or, if you cannot afford that, make pedometers available at a lowered rate.
Provide tips for increasing daily steps, and reward staff members who succeed.
August 28, 2010 No Comments
There’s no single right way to approach wellness programs but winning programs share common success factors. These include commitment from management, worker involvement, adequate resources, and a health policy that goes hand in hand with the corporation’s mission, vision and values.
Wellness Program – A Range of Approaches
Although the goal is to eventually have a long-term, extensive wellness program, some companies prefer to start with a single program at a basic level.
For example, the first steps can be as simple as offering lunch-hour sessions on first aid or healthy eating; or they might launch a pilot project to find out how interested staff members are to ensure staff members needs are being met before taking on anything more ambitious.
This approach provides a chance to show the impact on workers and the workplace so management will be more willing to consider a larger and more far-reaching strategy.
Other corporations plan a variety of programs to meet the needs of the different kinds of people that make up their workforce. and some decide to develop a sound company case, complete with a health strategy, before attempting any type of program.
Businesses want to ensure that a new program is fully integrated with their overall corporation vision and mission.
Wellness Program – Success Factors
Whether your company chooses to think large from the outset or to begin with something smaller, always rememberthe following key success factors –
support and participation from management;
employee involvement in planning;
programs that meet employee needs;
a realistic budget; and
In sports, a game plan is a series of steps that a team must follow to accomplish its goal of winning. Most winning teams plan to win. Organizations also need game plans, even if they do not call them by that name.
Good planning will help to ensure that your wellness program happens the way you want it to, and that costs could be identified in advance and kept within budget. Good planning avoids small problems from becoming bigger.
Steps in Planning a Wellness Program
Obtain management support. You could need to create a business case to convince managers that the wellness program is a business strategy-that staff member health and job satisfaction affects their productivity. Staff Members need to see evidence that senior management believes in and is committed to staff member health.
Establish a planning committee. Members can include representatives from worker groups as well as from HR, health and safety, and communications.
Collect information. to prove that your program is beneficial, establish a benchmark before the program starts. You might wish to look at employee satisfaction, absenteeism rates, stress levels, drug costs or WCB expenses.
Assess what workplace facilities are available to support workers to make healthful options such as showers and change areas or a secure place to store a bike. Assess worker needs through a recent survey or questionnaire, suggestion box or focus group. Communicate the results.
Create the plan to reflect the information collected. Include program goals, activities and how you’re going to measure whether your goals were met.
Keep the plan flexible. You could have to change direction in response to staff member feedback or changes in the corporation’s structure.
Get management approval. Support for staff time and a budget are needed.
Put activities in place. Offer a variety of activities that create awareness, increase knowledge, create skills, and provide social interaction.
Activities could include walking clubs, participation in national campaigns like Corporate Wellness Week, SummerActive, WinterActive, corporate challenge, golf days, and newsletters that provide information about community resources.
Workplaces can also make it easier for workers to make healthful choices by providing flextime to allow workers to fit activity in when it is convenient or by subsidizing programs in cooperation with community or private fitness facilities. A policy on catering for meetings can ensure that healthful foods are offered.
Evaluate the plan. Share your successes with others, learn from your mistakes and modify activities.
A wellness program does not have to be complicated or a gigantic investment. Just do it. Get support from management, bring a few committed individuals together to generate some ideas and get started.
August 27, 2010 No Comments
How does it feel to walk into your workplace? Do individuals look happy? is the place well lit and cheerful? Do you feel welcome, wanted and energized? Or do you feel a gloom come over you, and count the hours until you can leave?
The influence of the worksite environment on the wellness of employees is profound. First there’s the physical look, feel, smell, and sounds of the place. Then you’re affected by the policies, like whether others are permitted to smoke around you.
After awhile, more subtle factors begin to affect you. Do your attempts to adopt a healthier lifestyle get recognized at work, or are they sabotaged? Are your managers inspiring you by being healthy role models? Do you get regular opportunities to learn healthier behavior?
In a supportive environment, employees feel that the organization they work for provides them with encouragement, opportunity, and rewards for healthful lifestyles.
And the spirit that results is highly contagious. Employees who feel cared are naturally more loyal and productive.
The following ideas will help you transform your workplace environment into one that in fact supports the wellness of your workers and organization.
Wellness Program Ideas for Creating Supportive Environments
Wellness Friendly Facilities
When you enter a worksite, do you feel comfortable? Could you be happy working there? is there enough light and clean air? Are there pleasant work areas, places to eat decent food, take a walk before lunch? Close your eyes. How does it smell? Sound? Do the workers have enough space?
There’s no doubt that our physical environment affects us, from basic safety matters to subtle factors that can cause or reduce stress. Healthful environments often have these features –
Vending machines with healthy food choices like low-fat milk, fruits, sugar-free and caffeine-free beverages and low-calorie snacks
Workout area, walking paths, playing fields, basketball hoop, or other exercise opportunities onsite or nearby
Cafeteria offers healthful foods including a salad bar with low-fat dressing
Natural light is used whenever possible; all lighting is appropriate and adequate
Heating and ventilation is adjustable, comfortable and healthful
No cigarette machines, ashtrays, or use of tobacco areas onsite
Noise levels are safe and conducive to concentration
Be certain to work station furniture conforms to ergometric standards
Safety hazards have been eliminated
Lockers and showers are available for workers who workout before work or during breaks
Stairs are clean and well lit, convenient and pleasant to use
Familiarity may make it hard to evaluate a worksite. Individuals get used to stressful conditions and forget that conditions ever bothered them.
It could be useful to ask people who are unfamiliar with your workplace to walk through with you. Expert advisors can also help.
Proactive Wellness Policies
One clear way to influence behavior is through policies and procedures. If nurses are not permitted to work more than twelve hours in a row, there will be fewer medication errors.
If parents are permitted flextime to attend to their children’s needs, they will be less stressed. If workers can apply unused sick days to planned vacation time, they will save them up instead of calling in sick to use them all.
Supportive corporate policies may include –
Seatbelt use required in business automobiles
Drug and alcohol policies are appropriate to the industry
Emergency procedures are developed, known, and practiced
Flexible work schedules allow workers to exercise, attend children’s school conferences, etc.
Nontobacco use policy is enforced
Excessive overtime is discouraged
Membership at fitness facility is partially reimbursed
Shift workers are scheduled to allow adequate rest
Medical care coverage rewards good health
Absenteeism policy rewards staff members who do not use sick days
Worker assistance program available to help employees with chemical dependencies, depression, family problems
Meaningful consequences are given for unsafe, unhealthy, prohibited behavior. Your company may have a policy against alcohol use during work hours, but when everyone looks the other way when someone comes back from lunch smelling like beer, the culture is one that authorizes drinking at lunch-and one in which written policies can be safely ignored.
Prohibited behaviors ought to be confronted promptly. Otherwise your policies become mere lip service in lieu of springboards to health.
Consistent Recognition and Rewards for Success
Attention, praise, and rewards are given for wellness achievements.
You can show you value wellness by celebrating your programs and those who’ve made lifestyle improvements in company newsletters, on bulletin boards, and at annual banquets, meetings, and celebrations. Incentives are a direct way to show appreciation, too.
Wellness mentors are sought and applauded, too. Workers who support others’ efforts to improve their health are noticed and appreciated. Peer modeling and mentoring courses can encourage those who enjoy assisting others to step forward into a new role.
Managers Model and Support Healthy Behavior
Nothing could say “We encourage you to exercise often” better than a manager going on a bike ride during the lunch hour–or your supervisor sitting next to you in a weight management class.
Wellness activities promote relaxed interaction between people from different departments and at different levels in the chain of command. That promotes relaxed communication and a feeling of solidarity that is pure gold.
Managers can also provide support for workers who are working on bettering their health. It doesn’t take anything fancy-just a “good job” or “nice to see you at the fitness club” can put a glow on the cheeks of most of us.
Managers can also help by allowing staff members the flexibility to attend wellness events.
Ongoing Wellness Programs
It’s important to give workers the sense that the wellness program is a permanent and important part of the organization, not a company fad. That can start as soon as a new staff member is hired.
New employees are oriented to the wellness program as among the staff member benefits. Information about the program must be presented by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals who invites the new staff member to participate.
The staff members are familiar with the ongoing programs.
The programs and wellness staff are well known in the business. Opportunities to participate are abundant and it’s easy to sign up.
A wide variety of awareness courses are offered. There are topics of interest for everybody.
August 26, 2010 No Comments
These are fun and easy events that can be done within your organization to motivate healthful behaviors during a contest or during other times. the goal is to encourage staff member participation. Some examples –
Create a sub-committee of enthusiastic staff members who’ll help promote the fitness program by offering ideas, suggestions and encouragement to fellow staff members.
Create monthly mailbox flyers to promote a contest or provide fitness-related education/encouragement information.
Send a weekly voicemail on each participant’s telephone with encouraging wellness messages.
Give regular cumulative health progress reports.
Offer low-fat or heart-healthy lunch selections once a week in your cafeteria or have employees bring a healthy snack to share, with a recipe book compiled at the end of the contest or specified time period (such as a National Nutrition Month in March).
Distribute worker gifts (pedometers or other novelty item related to some aspect of your contest theme) as registration begins.
Allow employees “Fitness15-Minute Walk Breaks;” corporation time to walk, exercise, etc. If appropriate, you could use a space not currently used to set up a treadmill, elliptical bike, some free weights and meditation music.
Hold a T-shirt design contest.
Create posters to map contest (or fitness) progress and to serve as reminder of your goals –
Use push pins or other identifiers for each individual to put up in the office showing how they have progressed – workers can get very creative with this and design pins that reflect their personalities.
Use a bar graph to compare progress.
Use a “thermometer” kind graphic and color in progress – consider a different, fitness-related graphic all together and color it in as you progress.
Offer aerobic dance or walking videos in your conference or break rooms.
Compile a list of organized events in the community that offer opportunities to get employees exercising by participating as a team (below are just a few) –
Race for the Cure
March of Dimes Walk America event
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation Walk to Cure
American Heart Association’s Heart Walk
American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life
American Lung Association’s Lung Run
Local marathons or special community walks or runs
Create or attend a health-and-fitness retreat or workshop.
Hold a soup-and-salad luncheon followed by a hula-hoop contest!
Use the mall as an alternate walking location during inclement weather.
Designate “Move it Mondays” – allow workers to take an additional 10 minutes at lunch for exercise.
Designate “Tasty Tuesdays” – provide staff members with low-calorie treats/snacks.
Designate “Walking Wednesdays”- allow workers to take an extra 10 minutes during lunch to walk, or “Wacky Wednesdays” that allow workers to explore new exercises.
Designate “Thirsty Thursdays” – make healthy smoothies or juice drinks for employees.
Designate “Fresh Fruit Fridays” for staff – offer seasonal fruit treats.
Send weekly exercise tips to workers via the most effective communications car in your workplace.
Partner with another corporation representative for local media events coordinated through your advertising and marketing or communication department.
Be certain to encourage departmental teams to challenge each other (examples – Customer Service, Advertising, Medical Support).
Establish walking clubs with executive/supervisory leadership.
Seek out local aerobic opportunities or classes through churches, community groups, college, YMCA, etc.
Contact a few local area health clubs and ask when they can or will offer group discounts for exercise programs, waive enrollment fees, or set up a 12-week program as opposed to signing an extended contract.
Hold a Frozen Yogurt Social – “Reap the Advantages of Fitness.”
Map out a walking track around the building including the number of laps required for one mile.
August 25, 2010 No Comments
These are short informational “Health Tips” in an e-mail format on many different health-related topics. You can appoint someone within your organization to find specific topics on the Internet from sites that are in the public domain or topics can be purchased from companies.
Some licensed sources include –
Sound Ideas, Inc.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institutes of Health
These e-mails could be sent daily, weekly or monthly. Our experience indicates weekly is the best frequency.
If the majority of your staff members don’t have e-mail, consider providing the information to them through –
SAMPLE #1 Corporate Wellness E-mail Messages
From – Wellness Program
To – Wellness Team
Subject – Layering for Exercise
One way to help ensure enjoyment of a winter walk (or run) is to be sure you’re dressed properly for the weather. and the secret to that, for a winter workout, is to dress in layers.
Layer 1 — Prevent 100% cotton in the first layer, next to your skin. Cotton holds perspiration. Wear underwear made from manmade fabrics to wick perspiration away from skin.
Layer 2 — A zippered sweatshirt and sweatpants will keep you warm. Just open the zipper when you get too warm.
Layer 3 — When needed, over the sweatsuit, you are able to add a waterproof and windproof jacket. When it’s very cold, you might want to wear a jacket made with goose down.
Hands — Mittens will keep your hands warmer than gloves.
Feet — Wear socks made from wool or manmade fabrics that keep your feet dry and warm. Avoid 100% cotton socks. Don’t wear sneakers or boots that fit too tightly … this will restrict blood flow and your feet will end up feeling colder.
Head — About 40% of your body heat is lost through your head. Wear a hat and cover your ears.
Lips — Don’t forget lip balm with sunscreen … even in winter!
SAMPLE #2 Corporate Wellness E-mail Messages
From – Wellness Program
To – Wellness Team
Subject – Energy Increases
Need an energy improve? Here are some ideas for tapping into your own energy sources — and most require little effort.
Get an additional hour of sleep. No surprise here — it could make a big difference in your energy level the next day.
Eat less more often. Have small, balanced meals or snacks throughout your day for a steady supply of fuel and energy. Make note of which foods seem to increase your energy level.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration contributes to fatigue, which you can offset by drinking water throughout the day.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both can contribute to dehydration and fatigue. They also tend to disrupt sleep patterns.
August 24, 2010 No Comments
Wellness Seminars are learning sessions planned and organized by you to meet specific goals. Decide on a topic and pick a speaker. Choose a site for the “Lunch and Learn” session, normally a lunchroom or break room.
Depending on your budget and objectives, employees can brown bag the lunch or you may provide the meal. Meetings can be mandatory or elective, your option.
Experience tells us the most success will be achieved when these Wellness Workshops are elective and when the business provides lunch.
Goals for Wellness Seminars
Education on a specific health problem. You might want to pick one of your group’s top diagnoses. Examples are –
Diabetes – diabetes prevention and care by a certified diabetic educator
Heart disease – cardiovascular health (individual counseling sessions with a nutritionist)
High blood pressure
Flu and pneumonia
Breast cancer – breast health or breast self-exam sessions could be taught by a trained instructor
Education on health insurance benefits –
Diabetes – what are the covered benefits, where to purchase diabetic supplies, support groups for workers with diabetes.
Wellness Program Benefits
Well baby/child care.
Education on the importance of enrolling in your medical plan or local health department’s health education programs or disease management (DM) programs. Example programs –
Community Resource Speakers for Wellness Seminars
Local medical plan office
Local heart association
Local cancer society
Pharmacies – many pharmacists are available to speak on pharmacy-related issues.
Pharmaceutical Businesses – many corporations have standard presentations created for corporations that are provided free of charge to use at your own direction. Some examples are –
Know Your Numbers (high cholesterol) – Pfizer
Respiratory Wellness (flu and pneumonia) – Pfizer
Men’s and Women’s Health – Pfizer
Local health clubs/personal trainers/YMCA – can discuss walking safety, advantages of walking, swimming and aerobics.
Yoga and/or Pilates instructors
Running, cycling club representatives
Local hospital nutritionists
Stamp Out Use of tobacco – Tobacco Coalition representatives
Topics for Wellness Seminars
Bicycling – benefits and opportunities for cycling
Nutrition and health (Heart Healthy lunch for all attendees)
Women’s health issues
How to recognize the signs and signs of heart attack and stroke
National Employee Fitness Day within the office setting – Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness representatives can promote event
Exercise tolerance and healthful heart issues
Starting a workout program- include the importance of seeing the physician prior to the beginning of any new exercise program
Safety in general
Walking/running benefits and safety tips Tobacco dangers and avoidance
August 23, 2010 No Comments