Category Archives: Wellness Programming Tools

Health Fairs Done The Right Way – To “Capitivate People”

A key piece of a successful workplace wellness program is a well planned and organized well attended health fair with measured outcomes, believe members of our Wellness Manager Professional Discussion Group on Yahoo.

My organization puts on a number of health fairs every year for our
employee base, posted a group member.

“We have tried numerous activities and displays. We’d like to provide
something that would truly captivate people but not cost very much to
provide,” she wrote

“Does anyone have any recommendations? Any suggestions?”

Unfortunately, many health fair organizers do not clearly define what the goals and objectives are for their health fair when planning their event, responded a veteran wellness and health promotion professional.

“As a result, the health fairs can be too generic and superficial to provide participants with meaningful information and resources for making changes in their lives,” she said.

When designing a health fair, ask questions. “What changes in the
participants do health fair organizers hope to achieve? What are the unique
needs of the target audience?”

If it is an organizational problem being targeted, what environmental issues
impact on the behavior? After answering such questions, put together a health fair that specifically addresses each of the identified issues, she suggested.

You need a measurement plan for the health fair goals, offered another member.

“Most only count number of participants, but you could count the specific number of each brochure that was picked up, you could count number of participants visiting each booth,” he said.

Or even better would be  Continue reading

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Person-To-Person Can Make The Difference For Workplace Wellness Program

Personal involvement with participants seemed to drive up satisfaction with wellness initiatives, said Patty Clavier, Intel senior project manager, when discussing Intel’s global health wellness program during a webinar  sponsored by Wellness Management Information Center.

Between the two different types of coaching offered – on-site or telephonic –the highest rates of satisfaction are associated with personal face-to-face coaching, Clavier explained.

In both the U.S. and across the globe, two different health risk assessments are used, said Clavier, but people tend to “prefer the idea of working with Continue reading

Wellness Program Participation – Getting Your Employees or Members to Agree to Have the Health Risk Assessment

Veteran wellness and health promotion managers know well that to the key to a successful, ongoing workplace wellness program is participation.

How “ya gonna keep ‘em coming back?’

And, a key piece of a successful wellness program is the health fair with screening – the health risk assessment (HRA.)

Despite much research and searching one member of the Wellness Manager discussion group on Yahoo, reported that although she had read many articles recently on health risk assessments she could not seem to find what she was looking for. Continue reading

Don’t Miss the Boat if there is the Potential for Grant Money for Your Wellness-Health Promotion Program

The key ingredient in starting or expanding a wellness program is mostly about getting the funding for the program.

According to the report “Grant Funding For Wellness and Health Promotion” the kinds of wellness programs being funded include: Continue reading

Looking for the Top 10 Best Books for Workplace Wellness Managers

Help us build the “Top 10 Best Books and Resources for Workplace Wellness Professionals.”
Its about time wellness professionals had their own top 10 best book list!
Share the titles of the books that you have found the most useful for developing and managing your workplace wellness program.
http://www.wellnessjunction.com/bestbooks.htm

How to develop lasting behavior change among your employees\members

Posts related to lifestyle and behavioral issues have come up 447 times in discussions among members of Wellness Manager Discussion Group sponsored by the Wellness Management Information Center.

Behavioral change is a key goal of any worksite wellness program.

Changing the behavior of employees in a wellness management education and training program “How to Help Employees\Members Adopt Healthy Behavior Changes That Last.”

Michael White, a Partner in WELL Street, was the presenter.

The  program was  one in a four-part Workplace Wellness Management Education and Training Series that had outstanding evaluations by participants.

For information on the program please click on this link now:
http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/Creating-Behavior-Change.htm

Pedometers Anyone?

Every so often, the subject of good, reliable, and inexpensive pedometers comes up on our Wellness Manager Discussion Group.

Wellness managers, whose programs include walking, like the pedometers to help motivate and excite their organizations walking program participants.

The pedometer topic is one we “recycle” on the Group typically when a wellness manager is or has just begun a walking initiative.

Here are some bits and pieces of the most recent posts on pedometers from the Group.

The question:
“I am coordinating a corporate wellness walking program. I would like to
include pedometers. Please recommend vendors that you’ve used in the
past that offer really good functioning pedometers averagely priced
$4.00 – $5.00 per pedometer.”

Answers:
I suggest pedometers for $1 from Dollar Tree. They are as accurate as
$10 pedometers. If money is no object try the Omron HJ-720ITC which is
now $29 on Amazon. It comes with a USB cable and you can download data to your PC. The software can also be used to import blood pressure
readings from compatible BP cuffs from Omron.”

“Check the February 09 issue of Consumers Report magazine. They recently rated pedometers. You’ll find the better quality, more expensive models listed – not best for bulk purchase in a corporate program. But, at a
minimum it will be a great resource for your employees if they would
like to purchase some on their own.”

Then, that discussion thread ran into other related points including that of pedometer fatigue.

“Very good idea. My experience after running several pedometer programs is that some people try it for up to a week and quit. A significant
proportion are satisfied with the device and complete most of the
program and then there are the people who want a more accurate device
and purchase their own.”

“We have competitions frequently, Step Challenges, and our associates
form teams to compete against each other for prizes. Usually we give
1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes to the teams that have the most steps. We do
these frequently throughout the year. Sometimes prizes are as simple as
movie passes but the competition is what gets people pumped!”

There is a wealth of knowledge on the use of pedometers that can be found in the archive of the Wellness Manager Group.

There are just over 1,400 members of the Group. If you are a wellness professional by any title, you are eligible to join the Group.

Just go to: http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/WellnessManager

The Group is one of the services offered by Wellness Program Management Advisor and the Wellness Management Information Center.