Worksite Wellness Inspiration from Mile High Fitness – September 2014

In this issue….

WELCOA’s Seven Benchmarks

WELCOA Benchmark #2:  10 Secrets to Building Cohesive Wellness Teams

Take the Well Workplace Checklist

This Month’s Super Lunch Suggestion

Four Week Phone Coaching Program

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 WELCOA’s Seven Benchmarks

The Return on Investment (ROI) in wellness programs at corporation are both tangible and intangible, yielding measurable results.  The company – “Johnson & Johnson has reported savings of $600 per employee after offering its employees financial incentives to complete health profiles, and increase their understanding of how lifestyle factors affect their health and encourage their participation in weight loss and maintenance programs.”  These programs have become critical in helping to fight against chronic disease.  Analysis of healthcare data for the United States (U.S.) indicates that 80 cents of every health care dollar spent is for chronic diseases.  Therefore, maintaining a healthy workforce should be a strategic goal of all U.S. companies, becoming an integral part of its culture.  A healthy workforce is a productive workforce, and companies that invest in its employee’s wellness, demonstrating it values its’ employees, builds employee trust and loyalty.

Visit https://www.welcoa.org/services/build/welcoas-seven-benchmarks/ to obtain detailed information about each benchmark.

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WELCOA Benchmark #2:  

      10 Secrets to Building Cohesive Wellness Teams

Delving into what it takes to successfully implement the second benchmark of the Well Workplace model, there are 10 secrets to building successful worksite wellness teams.

#1 – Formally appoint team members with well-defined roles and responsibilities.

#2 – Health promotion responsibilities are written into the job descriptions of team members.

#3 – Worksite wellness teams are promoted throughout the organization.

#4 – Strong leadership is critical to building a healthy and functional team.

#5 – Wellness teams are comprised of people from different areas and levels of the company.

#6 – Wellness teams meet regularly.

#7 – Formal agendas drive regularly scheduled meetings.

#8 – Meeting minutes are taken and kept at regularly scheduled Wellness Team meetings.

#9 – Frequent communication among Wellness Team members and to inform and educate the rest of the organization.

#10 – Wellness teams participate in continuing education.

Detailed information can be found @ https://www.welcoa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/02teams.pdf.

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  Take the Well Workplace Checklist

An interactive assessment tool, The Well Workplace Checklist, aids companies in developing results-oriented wellness programs.  There are 100 questions posed across 7 categories:  Senior Level Support, Wellness Teams, Data Collection, Operating Plan, Programming, Supportive Environments and Evaluation.  The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes, and upon completing the assessment you will be able to download a summary report that outlines overall scores.  Thereafter a full detailed report will be emailed to you.

Click https://www.welcoa.org/well-workplace-checklist/ to access the checklist.

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This Month’s Super Lunch Suggestion

 

“This is a great way to use some of the fresh garden vegetables abundant at this time of year. Zucchini, mushrooms, onion, and tomatoes are cooked until tender, wrapped in warm tortillas, topped with cheese and baked until bubbly.”

Zucchilattas

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced zucchini
  • 1 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas

​Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Mix together the zucchini, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, salt and pepper, and add to the skillet. Cook and stir until the vegetables are soft.
  3. Warm the tortillas 2 to 3 minutes, until soft, in the preheated oven. Fill the warmed tortillas with zucchini mixture and Monterey Jack cheese, reserving some of both for toppings. Roll the filled tortillas and place them seam side down in the baking dish. Cover with the remaining zucchini mixture. Top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Source:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/zucchilattas/

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Four Week Telephonic Health 

Coaching Program

 Week 1: 45 Minutes

* Review Biometrics and complete lifestyle questionnaire

* Discuss current exercise habits, food choices, drink choices, cravings

* Discuss barriers to improving eating and exercise habits including existing beliefs and habits

* Discuss main health concerns (i.e. hypertension, obesity, etc)

* Develop plan for food consumption, replacements and substitutions, increased fruit/veggie intake, etc

* Develop plan for exercise based on goal of weight loss, stress reduction, injury prevention, etc.

 Week 2: 20 Minutes

* Review plan developed in week 1 and discuss progress

* Discuss barriers to making progress (if needed)

* Enforce small steps solutions

 Week 3: 20 Minutes

* Review plan developed in week 1 and discuss progress

* Discuss barriers to making progress (if needed)

* Enforce small steps solutions

 Week 4: 45 Minutes

* Discuss current exercise habits, food choices, drink choices, cravings

* Discuss barriers to improving eating and exercise habits

* Review main health concerns (i.e. hypertension, obesity, etc)

* Review plan for food consumption, replacements and substitutions, increased fruit/veggie intake, etc

* Review plan for exercise based on goal of weight loss, stress reduction, injury prevention, etc.

 Employee Report – includes food choices, exercise recommendations, nutrition recommendations, alternatives to harmful habitual behavior

Employer Report– includes employee aggregate progress report, employee ratings based on standardized scale

Cost: $250/participant

Contact Kim Farmer, kfarmer@milehighfitness.com to set up your coaching program today.

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