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  • The needs and interests of employees can provide valuable information to help guide your program's design and activities. Consider taking advantage of opportunities for employee input.
  • A poor diet is an underlying factor in the development of many health conditions. Making healthy food available at work [PDF-442k] is one way to encourage employees to eat a healthy diet.
  • Employees gain health benefits by adding moderate physical activity to their day. A StairWELL for Better Health is an easy and inexpensive way to encourage employees to be more active.
  • Many Americans find it difficult to increase their consumption of a variety of fruits and vegetables. Employers can help by making affordable produce more accessible at the workplace.
  • The Community Guide provides evidence-based recommendations for population-based public health interventions, including some topics that are relevant to work force health promotion.
  • Limited funding is often one of the biggest challenges facing work force health promotion programs. Consider exploring external funding opportunities to expand your available resources.
  • Preventive health screenings, like hypertension screenings, are important and cost-effective health promotion activities.
  • There are many continuing education opportunities for those who want to expand their skills and knowledge in work force health promotion topics.
  • Health observances are days, weeks, or months devoted to promoting particular health concerns. Consider sponsoring events and activities around specific health observances.
  • Nearly half (47%) of working mothers return to work full-time within six months of giving birth. Lactation (breastfeeding) support in the workplace benefits both employer and employee.
  • Surgeon General Reports provide science-based information on timely public health issues. For example, Surgeon General reports on the adverse health consequences of smoking triggered nationwide efforts to prevent tobacco use.
  • Healthy People 2020 is the nation’s new 10-year goals and objectives for health promotion and disease prevention, which includes a worksite-specific objective.

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