Resource Guide |
The resources in this section are aimed at helping your worksite take steps to create a healthier workforce.
Section 1: Worksite Health Promotion
Health Events vs. Policy/Enviromental Changes: Although sponsoring worksite health events is a great start, policy and environmental changes are key to sustained support of employee health.
The chart below describes the characterists of each.
Health Risk Appraisals (HRA): Many health insurance companies offer free access to an HRA for their subscribers. If your employees do not have access to a free HRA, you can direct them to the free HRA provided on the Michigan Steps Up website. Employers can also receive a unique ID that allows them to request a worksite-specific, aggregate report on the health status of their employees. Click here to get more information on the free HRA available on the Michigan Steps Up website.
Worksite Support of New Mothers: Studies show that employers who provide a suitable place for their breastfeeding employees will be rewarded with reduced absenteeism (because breastfed babies are sick less often), reduced turnover, and the gratitude and loyalty of their employed mothers who wish to continue giving their babies optimal nutrition. The following links/publications provide more information.
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP): US Department of Health and Human Services and Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration provide an overview of EAPs and provide additional related links. Click here to access EAP information.
Policy for Paid Time Off to Attend Worksite-sponsored Health Promotion Programs/Classes During Work Hours. Click here for an example of a worksite physical activity policy.
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.
Employee Survey to Determine Health and Wellness Needs: Ask employees what they're interested in, and what needs they have. People are more willing to participate and support wellness efforts if they are involved in the decision-making process. Click the links below to for a sample employee survey. Either can be downloaded and saved. The Word version can be edited to meet your worksite needs.
Mission Statement Includes Support of Employee Health: When writing a mission statement, consider making its tone encouraging and supportive of employees making healthy lifestyle choices. Click here for mission statement examples.
Section 2: TobaccoPolicies Regulating Smoking: You can download these templates to assist you in developing a no smoking policy.
Promotion of Smoking Cessation/Tobacco-free Lifestyles to Employees: The Tobacco Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health has multiple tobacco cessation resources available for individuals and organizations. Click here to access these resources.
Additional documents that may be helpful when promoting smoking cessation/tobacco-free lifestyles to employees include the following. (Click the link to view, download or print these documents.)
Section 3: Physical Activity Policy Supporting Physical Activity: For an example of a physical activity policy, click here.
Work-sponsored Physical Activity Opportunities: The following ideas can be found in Michiganís Healthy Workplaces Resource Guide †
Participation in Community-sponsored events: 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.
Non-motorized Commutes: Michigan Department of Transportation's website has information on non-motorized transportation. Click here to access their website.
SmartCommute also provides employer-specific information for non-motorized commutes. Click here for more information.
Worksite Support of Community Physical Activity Opportunities: The following ideas were provided by by Healthy Buncombe, Asheville, North Carolina (http://www.healthybuncombe.org):
Section 4: NutritionWorksite Promotion of Healthy Eating to Employees: The following ideas were provided by Healthy South Dakota (http://www.healthysd.gov/Workplace/Tools.aspx#Nutrition)
Cafeteria Policies that Support Healthy Eating: The American Cancer Society has a 5-A-Day Worksite Implementation Guide that addresses policies related to food served at work. Click here to access this guide.
The Washington State Department of Health has a policy manual titled Nutrition and Physical Activity: A Policy Resource Guide which addresses policies for a variety of venues, including businesses. Click here to access the guide.
Worksite Wellness for Tompkins County has a template for a catering policy. Click here to access the template.