- 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
by Tripsie Coker
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for about 70 million physician office visits a year, and the economic burden can cost U.S. companies up to $54 billion annually. This may not seem particularly like a wellness program problem, but rest-assured, prevention is pivotal when it comes to getting ahead of high claim costs and focusing on total wellbeing for an employee population.
An ergonomic program consists of more than just providing monitor arms and stand-up desks in each cubicle. Producing a proper ergo program can mean developing training, offering chair and desk set-up guidance, creating surveys to track progress of injuries and/or to collect information for employees that don’t have injuries but that are simply using ergonomics for preventive measures.
Basic set up of an ergonomic program might take more than just what a company can offer in-house. Contacting consultants or companies that specialize in program development for musculoskeletal disorders can lay a perfect foundation to a successful program. Better understanding of how muscle disorders can cause a disruption in workflow, increase abesentism, lower productivity and affect overall job satisfaction might help a wellness program manager paint a picture to the leaders of a company that truly wants to put priority on enhancing or even developing an ergonomic program.
It’s not every day an employee complains about their neck, low back or wrists, but repetition and bad posture account for millions of dollars in claims, most of which can be avoided by preventive education, seating and desk assessments, and resources for employees to go to when and if they start showing symptoms of a musculoskeletal disorders. Targeting a problem before it starts is a key component to developing a fully encompassing wellness program, and by tackling ergonomics in the workplace, most companies can take pride in knowing they are doing what is best for their employees, and the bottom line.
- Category: At Work
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
- Healthy Meeting Toolkit
- Healthy Meeting Guidelines
- Model Healthy Meeting Resolution
- Healthy Meetings: Changing the Social Norms for Meetings (Webinar)
- Healthy Meetings and Events One-Pager
Resources courtesy of Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- 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)
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