Health Promotion at the Worksite Toolbox for employers
Table of Contents
- Forum / Suggestion Box
- How much is unhealthful behavior costing your company?
- Moveabout Worksite Physical Activity Program
- How To's
- Healthy Vending Info
- Healthy Eating In and Out of the Worksite
- Smoking Cessation Resources
- Monthly Health Observances
- 101 Ways to Wellness
- Local Health Related Resources
Cost of inactivity for the employer
This link is a tool that can provide you with the financial cost of physical inactivity in your workplace. For example, medical care costs, loss of productivity costs, and workers compensation costs can cost an employer $100,000 per year at a business with 50 employees with the average salary of $30,000. But, you have the ability to decrease that number by promoting health at your worksite. You can decrease the cost of physical inactivity by using the resources in the toolbox. First, check out the Physical Inactivity Calculator.
The Economic Cost of Unhealthy Lifestyles in North Carolina
Click here to see the new study unveiled about economic cost of unhealthiness and how the “…cost falls largely to employers in the form of health insurance and lost productivity”
- Assess the Health of your Employees
- Practice Proper Ergonomics
- Calculate your BMI
- Use Health Calculators
- Participate in Charity Events
- Support Physical Activity Opportunities in the Community
- Promote Safe Walking for Your Employees
- Find Walkability tools
- Print your own Wellness Posters and Signs
- Form a Worksite Wellness Committee
- Find Sample Health Promotion Policies
- Organize a Health Fair at Your Worksite
Take the Great American Health Check. In just 5 minutes, you will receive a personalized Health Action Plan to share with your health coordinator and doctor. The Great American Health Check is a reliable resource maintained by the American Cancer Society.
- This healthy computing diagram will give you tips about how to properly sit at your workstation in order to prevent conditions such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
- More ergonomic resources and tools for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can be found here.
- Click here for proper lifting procedures in order to prevent injury.
Use Health Calculators to calculate how many calories you burn doing your favorite activities or to determine your healthiest weight.
Calculate you body mass index (BMI).
Many communities sponsor walks, runs, dance marathons, etc. to raise money and awareness for charitable causes. You can learn more about the events below by clicking on the links, or choose your favorite cause and learn more about ways you and your worksite can help the organization by participating in physical activity.
- The American Health Association’s Heart Walk
- The American Diabetes Association’s Walk for Diabetes
- The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s Race for the Cure
- The March of Dime’s Walk America
- American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life
- Asheville Track Club Events Calendar
- Support recreation leagues, community and state park programs with employees.
- Explore discounted memberships at local health clubs, recreation centers, or YMCA's.
- Provide articles in employee newsletters promoting physical activity and current opportunities to participate. Post notices to upcoming events in the community, school or faith-based organizations on bulletin boards or email lists.
- Use multiple channels for interventions, such as community recreation/leisure facilities, on site worksite opportunities, private wellness facilities and state and local parks.
- Conduct healthy eating and physical activity special events such as a company walk and invite the community to join.
Create a safe walking map to promote physical activity.
- Stair well posters from Eat Smart, Move More NC
- Stair well posters from the Center for Disease Control Website
- Smoking cessation flyers, posters, logos
Worksite Wellness Committees: A worksite wellness committee establishes continuity, motivation, and broad ownership of employee wellness initiatives. The following guides provide sections that address worksite wellness committees.
- Creating Cohesive Wellness Teams - Wellness Councils of America
- Comprehensive Wellness Program - University of Michigan Worker Health
- Smoke Free Workplace Policy (Michigan Community Health Dept.)
- Policy On Designated Smoking Areas (Michigan Community Health Dept.)
- Policy Establishing Smoke-Free Workplace with Designated Outside Smoking Areas (Michigan Community Health Dept.)
- Health Foods Policy (Michigan Community Health Dept.)
- Physical Activity Policy
Guidelines for Healthy Foods and Beverages at Meetings, Gatherings and Events
- Guideline 1: Offer healthy food choices at breakfasts, lunches, dinners, potlucks, and receptions
- Guideline 2: Offer alternatives to food at mid-morning or mid-afternoon meeting breaks.
- Guideline 3:Identify the healthy foods and beverage choices.
- Guideline 4: Keep food safe to eat.
- Guideline 5:Lead by example.
Healthy Eating / Recipes:
Local Food Guide
In the Appalachian’s Sustainable Agricultural Projects Local Food Guide you will find a directory of Western North Carolina and southern Appalachian family farms, Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSA’s), farmers' tailgate markets, grocers, restaurants, caterers and bakers, u-pick farms, apple orchards, and bed & breakfasts that sell locally grown farm products.
Fast Food or Fat Food - Eat Smart
Employees who choose to eat out while at work can still do so in a healthy way. In a group employees can encourage and praise each other for choosing healthy menu options or can share meals to right-size their portions. Organize an out-to-lunch event where employees go out and order healthy lunches together. Many fast food places and other restaurants provide nutritional information for their menu on their websites. Such information can also be found at www.fatcalories.com or www.fastfoodfacts.info. By providing employees with this information and organizing healthy eating-out events, you can help employees at your worksite to make smart choices while eating in restaurants and fast food establishments. The Fast Food and Families page can also help employees to make every restaurant they eat in their own “Eat Smart Café!”
This link will take you to a comprehensive Guide for implementing 5-a-day in the worksite. Workers spend about half of their waking hours in the worksite; therefore it is important to promote 5 a day in the worksite.
Use this Quit now NC
tools to promote tobacco cessation in your workplace and help those who want to quit smoking.
- Online guide to quitting with tools to help you quit smoking.
Use this monthly health observances link to become aware of the current health observance for the month, gather information about the topic, and then locate the resources needed to address the issue.
Wellness Council’s 101 Ways to Wellness. These tips and strategies are designed to initiate actions and ideas to help you promote health at the worksite.