Boeing Center for Children's Wellness (Lean Team)
Corporate wellness programs should focus on changing poor health habits in order to maintain affordable benefits coverage. A successful wellness program will help employees improve their physical health, improve communication throughout the organization and improve the workplace culture. Below are some great tips for getting started on developing a worksite wellness program.
Personal Worksite Wellness Tips:
1) Bring in your own healthy lunch to avoid unwanted or unknown calories along with correct portions
2) Take a break for lunch by avoiding eating in front of the computer. Allows you to be more conscious of what you’re eating and feeling full rather than mindless eating.
3) Avoid vending machines by bringing in healthy snacks that have a source of protein in them as protein is the best fuel source to get you through your mid-afternoon slump.
4) Try to limit consumption of soda and coffee to diet soda and coffee without a lot of additives such as sugar and cream. When drinking coffee use skim milk and sugar substitutes such as sweet and low or splenda to decrease unnecessary calories.
1) Create a lunch time walking group
2) Get out and move away from your desk every hour
3) Instead of e-mailing a member in the office, walk to them and talk to them
4) Bike to work
5) Bring workout clothes with you on a daily basis so you don’t have the excuse to go home instead of the gym
6) Have wellness competitions within the office setting
7) Use and ab ball as a chair while sitting at your desk to improve abdominal and back strength
Starting a Worksite Wellness Program:
· Offer employees an annual health assessment to track success and goal implementation
· Set a consensus as to what health risk(s) to tackle, such as “Maintain, don’t gain” and “Increase daily activity” in the coming year
· Develop a program tailored to your employees’ needs and interests, and the available budget
· Form support groups for losing weight
· Encourage senior leaders to support the program: Have them endorse it publicly and participate themselves
· Offer flex time for employees to attend on-site meetings
· Have HR policies that support your workplace program
· Promote the program via all available outlets, such as company intranet, email, interoffice mail, mail sent to employees at home (to reach spouses and dependents), posters, flyers and newsletter articles
· Take advantage of company meetings and events to highlight the program. Highlight health champions to be featured at these events
· Share the costs of weight management programs with your employees/dependents/retirees, or perhaps reimburse costs after program completion
· Offer coaching or Web-based information to motivate employees, such as tools to track their healthy habits and progress toward a goal through the employee health plan
· Have your benefits plan cover employees who seek medical care for weight-related issues (for example, registered dietitian consultations)
· Offer water, several choices of low calorie snacks and fresh fruit in vending machines. Offer a refrigerated vending machine to include yogurt and other fresh items.
· Post nutritional information in the company cafeteria or in vending machines
· Offer free healthy snacks or lower pricing for lower-calorie vending options (Example: Making 100-calorie choices cheaper than 500-calorie choices will influence consumption.)
· Serve lower-calorie foods at company meetings, birthdays and celebrations
· Clear the break rooms of candy and high-fat baked goods. It may be appropriate to ask employees not to bring leftover Halloween candy, holiday treats, etc. to work.
· Make microwaves and refrigerators available for employees who bring food from home
· Make the stairways lighted and accessible
· Provide bike racks for those who want to bike to work
· Offer stretch breaks or other opportunities for employees to be active during the workday
· Offer on-site fitness classes tailored to employee preferences
· Negotiate a discount or provide a subsidy for employees to use a nearby fitness center, gym or track
· Recognize physically active employees, such as those who walk to lunch or park in the farthest spots from the building as healthy role models