Tips and Tools: Physical Activity
Educating employees about the benefits of physical activity and opportunities to engage in physical activity at your worksite is one of the key components of a physically active worksite. The physical activity toolbox in WorkHealthy AmericaSM contains resources to help you educate your employees.
There are three essential steps to addressing employee education:
1. Educate employees about the importance of physical activity
2. Actively communicate with employees about opportunities for physical activity, as well as your policies and benefits that support physical activity
3. Use motivational signs or point-of-decision prompts to encourage people to be more physically active
Employees will be motivated to look for and take advantage of opportunities to be physically active if they are aware of the associated health benefits. The Department of Health and Human Services provides a short guide to physical activity recommendations for busy working professionals that can be distributed to all of your employees.
The next step is to inform your employees about the opportunities they have to be physically active in the workplace. Advertise information about the benefits your hospital offers through your health insurance provider or an equivalent benefit so employees can take advantage of what is available to them. This can be done through various communication channels, such as this flyer that can be posted in a communal space at work.
Make it easier for your employees to choose to be physically active. Implement a policy, such as a healthy meeting policy or flexible scheduling for physical activity time. Post point-of-decision prompts in areas like stairwells so staff have the oportunity to choose a healthier alternative rather than the more traditional, but less active, option.
Employees who are physically active are healthier, happier, and more productive. Visit our archived webinars for more information on how to increase physical activity at your hospital. Using all of these resources, which are available to you for free through Working Well, you can help your employees live healthier lives.
For more information on the resources available through WorkHealthy AmericaSM, contact Lindsey Bickers Bock (919-969-7022, x225).
Note: This reoccurring series highlights resources available to Working Well hospitals in the WorkHealthy AmericaSM toolbox. Therefore, you may have to log in to your WorkHealthy AmericaSM account in order to access the tools that we have linked to within this article. If you need assistance logging in to your account, contact Lindsey Bickers Bock at NC Prevention Partners (919-969-7022, x225).