- 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.
- 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.
- Category: At Work
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
by Tripsie Coker
As a wellness professional, you promote things like onsite flu shots and biometric screenings each year, but what do you do with the information you gather from these types of events? In particular, we all know data collected from biometric screenings cannot be viewed on an individual level, but your company’s aggregate numbers are massively important to taking a pulse of your organization’s overall health status. These numbers give you a high level breakdown of the company’s “health score”, and the information you collect can help you engage your population in the areas that merit the most attention.
When you collect biometric data from your population, you hold the key to building well-rounded, targeted campaigns that will ultimately leave your employees happier, healthier and overall more productive. How many years have you run biometrics, only to turn around and do absolutely no targeted programs focusing on the results? It is all too often companies don’t aim at the right targets and their year-end-year-out results show.
Don’t suffer the consequences of a tired, worn-out wellness program. Those programs do the same things year after year, and they do nothing progressive to move the needle. With the changes made by the Affordable Care Act, organizations can’t ignore the rising costs of health care and the impacts to the company’s bottom line. As your organization’s Wellness Program Manager, it is your job to know your company’s numbers and to apply them to a well thought out, targeted campaign that will help reduce preventable diseases and health complications within the workplace. It is your responsibility to hold your population accountable to both themselves and to your company’s goals. While your employees are hard at work doing what they do best, you have the opportunity to affect people’s lives with meaningful health education and intervention strategies. You might be the only person looking out for your population’s health, so make it count!
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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
No 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
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