Working Toward Wellness Program provides support and resources for worksite wellness administrators.
Managing a company worksite wellness program can be a challenging task and resources can be hard to find. To help employers create or develop their worksite wellness programs, the Mecklenburg County Health Department
provided worksite wellness administrators with the opportunity to receive educational resources, discuss problems and share ideas at a breakfast event May 18, 2011.
“Many worksite wellness professionals have expressed an interest in coming together to learn from each other, but this forum did not exist in our community”, said Julie Jackman, Working Toward Wellness
Co-Chair. With funding from the ACHIEVE Communities program, the Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Working Toward Wellness team, made up of community volunteers, was able to reach out to the business community and provide this opportunity for worksite wellness administrators.
About the Breakfast
A group of 61 worksite wellness program administrators representing 38 different businesses came together to learn about local resources, best practices as well as discuss challenges and solutions in creating and sustaining their company’s onsite wellness programs. During the meeting, participants learned about:
- successful nutrition programs and policies
- creative solutions to help make the healthy choices easier
- lessons learned by others and resources to help successfully change workplace nutrition options
Participants also engaged in active table discussions and sharing and, for many attendees, this was the highlight of the morning.
“It was so nice to hear that other companies are hitting the same roadblocks and having the same issues I am having. It was reassuring to know that even though we cannot offer all the programs we would like to, our wellness activities can still make a difference.” - Jean Duckwall, American Red Cross Wellness Advocate
They also enjoyed hearing about programs that really work.
“I received some great ideas from the table discussions. I have already received an example of a challenge that someone at my table implemented!” – anonymous survey respondent
After the sharing time, participants were asked to take a minute to come up with one action item or one change they are going to make when they return to their office. One participant responded via the survey that he or she had already made a change.
“This breakfast meeting was extremely beneficial. As soon as I came back to work I made changes to our upcoming company cookout. I also have a meeting to meet with a new vending machine vendor. I really enjoyed the table discussions and got a lot of new ideas. Thanks for having this breakfast meeting. I am looking forward to the next one”. – anonymous survey respondent
Feedback from participants in the event was overwhelmingly positive with 100% of participants surveyed rating the educational presentation and table discussions as “good” or “excellent”.
The Working Toward Wellness team is planning a second workgroup breakfast for the fall of 2011 and hopes to reach out to even more worksite wellness administrators in Mecklenburg County. Subscribe to our newsletter for more information.