Employee Health and Fitness Month with Diane Hart and Brenda Loube


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The amazing strategic partnership between National Association for Health and Fitness and ACTIVELife resulting in the new and improved Employee Health & Fitness Month is truly historic in the arena of workplace wellness. Business and industry can encourage positive behavior change in the supportive context of workplace policies and culture and provide support that assists today's workforce with their daily struggles.

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Employee Health and Fitness Month with Diane Hart and Brenda Loube

  1. 1. www.healthandfitnessmonth.org Diane H. Hart, President National Association for Health and Fitness Owner/Founder Hart to Heart Fitness: www.harttoheartfitness.org Aerobic2@aol.com Brenda Loube, Co-Chair National Association for Health and FitnessMaryland State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness, Council Member Principal/Founder Corporate Fitness Works bloube@corporatefitnessworks.com
  2. 2. National Association for Health & Fitness www.physicalfitness.org • Founded in 1979 by the President’s Council on Sports and Fitness, a non-profit organization • NAHF mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals in the United States through the promotion of physical fitness, sports and healthy lifestyles. • NAHF accomplishes this mission by fostering and supporting Governor’s and State Councils and coalitions that promote and encourages regular physical activity. 2
  3. 3. ACTIVE Life www.activelifehq.org• An Austin-based, non-profit organization.• ACTIVE Life’s mission is to make healthy the norm by generating a persistent demand for healthy living among all sectors of society.• To accomplish this goal, we are organizing the movement for healthy change by enlisting and equipping people and places to build and sustain healthy communities. 3
  4. 4. What is Employee Health & Fitness Month?• Created by the National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF) and ACTIVE Life• Employee Health & Fitness Month (EHFM) is both a national and international invitation to encourage workplaces to engage in wellness activities.• The goal of EHFM is to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle to employers and their employees through worksite health promotion activities and environments. 4
  5. 5. What is Employee Health & Fitness Month?• EHMF is held during the month of May each year.• EHFM employers will challenge their employees to create Healthy Moments, form Healthy Groups, and/or develop a Culminating Project.• Participants will be able to log these activities on the EHFM website throughout the month, allowing employers and employees to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities. 5
  6. 6. Why change Employee Health & Fitness to a Month?• From 1989-2010, tens of thousands of employees engaged in National Employee Health & Fitness Day.• Healthy behavior change takes time to develop into lifestyle habits.• In 2011, NAHF and ACTIVE Life, re-designed for a full month – and added an international focus – would lead to healthier lifestyles and sustainable behavior change worldwide. 6
  7. 7. Why celebrate Employee Health & Fitness Month?• Worksite health and wellness programs improve the overall health and productivity of a workforce.• It is time for health to become the norm in our world. It will require individuals and their families, organizations, and entire communities to invest in healthy actions.• Joining the EHFM movement this May is the best place to start or rededicate your organization’s efforts to this imperative cause. 7
  8. 8. What is Demand Healthy Week (DHW)?• Demand Healthy Week, presented by ACTIVE Life, (May 2-8, 2011) is EHFM’s kick-off event!• This week will challenge everyone, not just employers and employees, to create and share moments of health, consume healthy products, and call for healthy change in their communities.• More information is available at www.healthandfitnessmonth.org 8
  9. 9. Health Promotion Benefits Organizations• EHFM can breathe new life into an existing wellness program or ignite interest in starting a new program at your workplace.• Understanding that modifiable health risks can be improved through effective health promotion and disease prevention programs• Well-designed and well-implemented programs can be cost beneficial to employers worldwide.• Worksite wellness programs have been shown to: – Improve health care cost management – Enhance employee productivity – Decrease rates of illness and injuries – Reduced employee absenteeism 9
  10. 10. Health Promotion Benefits Employees• EHFM provides fun, innovative, and interactive ways to incorporate wellness in your workplace!• By offering a workplace wellness program such as EHFM, employers can provide a structured approach to physical activity, nutrition, wellness, and personal and environmental health improvement.• Worksite wellness programs have been shown to: – Lower levels of stress – Increase well-being, self-image, and self-esteem – Improve physical fitness – Reduce weight – Raise health awareness 10
  11. 11. Healthy Organizations Benefit Communities• Involving the community in your organization’s wellness efforts is not just about doing the right thing. It also offers direct business benefits because as a conscious organization you are set apart from other organizations.• It goes both ways: Money, time, and energy can be saved by tapping into your community’s existing resources. Rather than recreate the wheel in your organization, look to members of your community for expertise on wellness topics. 11
  12. 12. EHFM Benefits Everyone• A free tool kit helps guide activities and events• Promotional items advertising EHFM to employees• Capability for logging and tracking Healthy Moments, Groups, and Projects• Options for implementing friendly competitions and challenges to increase motivation and teamwork• Adaptability to any wellness program currently in place• A basis for creating sustainable healthy programs, environments, and policies 12
  13. 13. How To Participate• Visit www.healthandfitnessmonth.org to register. Find information/ideas for Moments, Groups and Projects and to sign up/participate for FREE!• Employers should register their worksite and then invite employees to register as individual members of their worksite.• Healthy Moments, Groups, and Projects will be logged on the EHFM website throughout the month, allowing employers and employees to track, share, and promote their individual and group activities. 13
  14. 14. Moments, Groups, & Projects• Moments, Groups and Projects are the heart of EHFM.• From individual activities to corporate events, employees can log their progress and employers can track participation at www.healthandfitnessmonth.org 14
  15. 15. Healthy Moments• Focused on the individual, Healthy Moments are occasions of healthy eating, physical activity, or personal/environmental health.• Examples of Healthy Moments include: – Walking to work – Trying a new healthy recipe – Cooking dinner at home instead of eating out – Learning healthy baking substitutions for common ingredients – Planting an extra row in a backyard garden to harvest and share with a local food pantry – Signing up for an exercise class 15
  16. 16. Healthy Groups• Healthy Groups are small groups of employees who gather to participate in an activity intended to last beyond EHFM.• Examples of Healthy Groups include: – Creating lunchtime exercise groups who meet during mealtimes to walk, run, or bike. – Forming commuter groups who bike or walk to and from work together. – Establishing healthy meal clubs that share lunch recipes, cook for one another once a week, and distribute healthy snacks to each other throughout the day. – Starting intramural athletic teams or joining community athletic leagues including soccer, softball, or kickball. 16
  17. 17. A Culminating Project• The Culminating Project is an event or series of events that promote health through the whole company or community.• Examples include: – Planning a company 3K or 5K race – Planting a community garden – Adopting a company-wide physical activity or tobacco cessation policy – Facilitating “brown bag lunches” open to the community during which a program emphasizing health and fitness is presented 17
  18. 18. IN APPRECIATION• This outstanding initiative would not have occurred without the vision and incredible support of Baker Harrell, CEO and Founder of ACTIVELife. Baker and ACTIVELife are to be honored for partnering with NAHF on this game-changing initiative in the arena of workplace wellness 18
  19. 19. Additional Information• EHFM is presented by the National Association for Health & Fitness (NAHF) and ACTIVE Life. For more information visit: www.healthandfitnessmonth.org or contact: – Brenda Loube Principal/Founder, Corporate Fitness Works bloube@corporatefitnessworks.com 240-462-3553 – Diane H. Hart Hart to Heart Fitness President and Eastern Regional Director, NAHF aerobic2@aol.com 518-456-1058 19
  20. 20. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP)• Employee Health and Fitness Month would be a perfect fit into the foundation of Business and Industry Societal Sector of the National Physical Activity Plan www.nationalphysicalactivityplan.org• 8 sectors were developed for NPAP containing 44 strategies. 20
  21. 21. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP)• 8 high-level, common strategies among all sectors is present in the EHFM initiative. 1. Educate people, organizations and society on how to become more physically active. 2. Develop partnerships that create synergies in implementing initiatives and in reinforcing the importance and methodologies associated with physical activity. 3. Communicate, promote and advocate the importance and methodologies associated with physical activity. Make a compelling and urgent case for increasing physical activity. 4. Develop and acquire resources needed to support initiates, activities and project tasks. 21
  22. 22. National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP)• 8 high-level, common strategies among all sectors is present in the EHFM initiative. (continued) 5. Establish standards, monitor progress and measure performance including in terms of the “how to” approaches to influence people to become physically active. 6. Develop programs disseminate implement and maintain physical activity programs. 7. Create legislation at all levels through advocacy. 8. Integrate all NPAP programs within each sector; integrate strategies and initiatives with other organizations, eg. Health care providers, colleges, etc. 22
  23. 23. Conclusion• The National Physical Activity Plan is a living, evolving document and Employee Health and Fitness Month is a powerful, thoughtful initiative. Together our success can be defined as doing the right things and doing things right! 23