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Return on Investment
- Worksite Wellness at PreventDisease.com provides examples of companies saving money in a variety of areas due to wellness programs at the worksite.
- Healthy Workforce 2010 covers all aspects of worksite wellness, including return on investments, planning programs and the Healthy People 2010 objectives
Cost of Chronic Disease
- Prevention Makes Common "Cents": Information on the cost of obesity, diabetes, CVD, asthma, and tobacco use to employers, and a listing of businesses promoting health and disease prevention.
- Chronic Diseases and Conditions
- Cardiovascular disease:
- Disability and Health in New York State
Starting a Wellness Program
- Steps for Starting a Worksite Wellness Program: Provides information, resources, and tools for conducting wellness programs.
- HOPE Health Resources : A specialty publisher focused on producing health, wellness and benefits media that are easy-to- read, interesting, and actionable.
- Healthy Workforce 2010, Section IV, pp. 29-31.
- Sample employee interest surveys:
- The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) provides information on all aspects of bicycling.
Stair Climbing Promotions
- StairWELL to Better Health: Provides assistance for increasing stairwell use from aesthetics to measuring usage.
- Stairway to Health: Planning guide for a stair climbing challenge at the worksite. Success stories, free point of choice downloadable posters, tips on generating interest and promoting the program.
Physical Activity Promotions
- America On the Move: A program to help individuals be more active and eat less. The goals are 2,000 more steps and 100 less calories a day to stop weight gain.
- 10,000 Steps Program: Program encourages people to build up to walking 10,000 steps a day.
- The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports: Provides information on the President's Challenge.
Food Labeling Laws
- A Food Labeling Guide, Appendix A: Food and Drug Administration guidelines for food labeling such as fat-free, reduced-fat, low-sodium, sugar-free, and other claims.
Promoting CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
- Just Food is a non-profit organization that works to set-up community supported agriculture (CSA) in the New York City region.
- The Robyn Van En Center for CSA Resources has a database of CSA farms searchable by ZIP code.
Guidelines for Meetings
- Guidelines for Healthy Meetings: Simple guidelines for serving healthful foods and adding physical activity opportunities to meetings.
- Guidelines for Offering Healthy Foods at Meetings, Seminars and Catered Events: Detailed rationale for healthful foods at meetings and specific guidelines for what types of foods to serve at various meals and snacks.
- Nutrition Policy Profiles: Examples of field-tested nutrition policies and promotional strategies at worksites which were found to be successful in increasing heart-healthy eating
Conducting a Milk Taste Test
- How to Conduct a Milk Taste Test - Taste Test How-To and Response Sheet
- 1% Or Less Campaigns: Provides information about the rationale for consuming low-fat milk and a tool kit.
Promoting Vegetables and Fruits
- The 5 to 9 A Day Program provides fact sheets, brochures, and ideas for promotion.
- The CDC - Eat a Colorful Variety of Fruits and Vegetables Every Day for Better Health: Provides tips, recipes, and research supporting eating 5 – 9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day.
Making Worksites Smoke-free
- Making Your Workplace Smokefree - A Decision Maker's Guide: Provides information from policies to patches for helping employees not smoke.
- NYSDOH provides brochures, information about the Clean Indoor Air Act and facts sheets about tobacco use.
- New York State Smokers' Quitline provides tips on how to stay smoke-free, how to help a friend or family member and stop smoking medications and support.
- SmokeFree.com provides free smoking-related information, and lists free or low-cost local smoking cessation programs.
- The American Cancer Society is a good resource for information on smoking cessation.
Nutrition and Physical Activity
- California Project LEAN: Series of programs and activities to promote nutrition through environmental and policy interventions.
- The Community Guide: A compilation of evidence-based strategies to promote nutrition and physical activity.
- An Employer Toolkit: Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Employer Initiatives
- Heart and Vascular Diseases: Fact sheets, recipes, heart-healthy information targeting minorities.
Worksite Wellness for Diabetes
- Business and Managed Care Diabetes Health Resource Kit: A business case for diabetes programs at the worksite.
- National Diabetes Education Program: Offers diabetes prevention and management information tailored for businesses, patient educators, and a variety of ethnic and racial groups.