Strategies that support guideline 8 (provide a school employee wellness program that includes healthy eating and physical activity services for all school staff members) include:
Gather data and information to determine the nutrition and physical activity needs of schoolstaff members and assess the availability of existing school employee wellness activities andresources.
Encourage administrative support for and staff involvement in school employee wellness.
Develop, implement, and evaluate healthy eating and physical activity programs for all schoolemployees.
What are some examples of school employee services?
Examples of services for school employees include individual and group behavior counseling, access to health education lectures, and point‐of‐decision prompts that encourage the use of stairwells.
How can schools tailor programs based on staff needs?
Schools can assess staff needs and then tailor existing employee wellness activities to meet these needs. Also, employees can plan programs on nutrition and physical activity topics of interest. Specialized programs will increase the likelihood of staff participation. School employees can be asked what they need and would like to have related to nutrition and physical activity.
What are some activities for school employee wellness programs?
Activities that can be incorporated into school employee wellness programs to influence healthy behaviors may include providing health education through lectures and newsletters, and promoting healthy behavior changes through counseling, skill‐building, or rewards, such as an employee walking club or healthy cooking classes.
What are some environmental changes schools can make to support school employee wellness?
Some environmental changes schools can make to support school employee wellness include increasing access to healthy foods in vending machines or adding a walking path to school grounds.