The Wellness Education Worksite Program is designed to assist employers in implementing science and practice-based prevention and wellness strategies that will lead to specific, measureable health outcomes to reduce chronic disease rates.
For most employers, chronic conditions—such as heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cancer, obesity and diabetes—are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. The Wellness Education Worksite Program seeks to promote good health through prevention, reduce chronic illness and disability, and improve productivity outcomes that contribute to employers’ competitiveness.
Faced with high health care costs, loss of key workers and high absenteeism due to illness, many employers are turning to worksite health programs to help employees adopt healthier lifestyles and lower their risk of developing costly chronic diseases while improving worker productivity.
Based on employee needs, we will assist companies to establish a core set of three to five interventions from an available menu of options that include a mix of program (education and coaching), policy, and environmental supports which target physical activity, nutrition, and tobacco use in the employee population. Examples include:
- Worksite lectures on the chronic diseases selected for the programme coupled with relevant screening such as blood pressure checks, glucose, lipids, pap smears, prostate specific antigen and digital rectal exams. These will be charted for each patient to monitor progress and outcomes from various interventions.
- Worksite nutrition counselling/education, menu labelling on healthy foods, healthy foods in cafeterias and vending, weight management counselling.
- Physical Fitness sessions including Aerobics, Zumba and Pilates. Physical fitness/lifestyle counselling, walking trails/clubs
After 12 months, a successful program will have gained the full commitment and support of leadership and employees, fully implemented all core program elements, collected baseline data, and created a health-promoting environment that establishes a culture of health within the worksite.