May 1, 2007
The Mecklenburg County
Health Department and the Fit City Challenge are introducing a new tool for employers to help create a healthier work environment. It's the
Fit City Challenge Worksite Wellness Web site
As health costs continue to soar, businesses are looking for new ways to educate employees about the benefits of living a fit and healthy lifestyle. The
Fit City Challenge Worksite Wellness Web site has valuable tools to assist business owners, human resource administrators or employee advocates in creating a healthier work environment.
Julie Jackman is the Fit City Worksite Wellness program coordinator. She has lived in Charlotte for almost a decade and has a passion for eating well and staying active. Julie spent many years working both in the corporate world and the fitness industry and experienced first hand how the environment can impact a person's overall health.
"Whether it's the lack of healthy options in vending machines or little physical activity during the workday, small influences can hinder anyone's effort to live a healthy lifestyle," says Jackman. Any business looking for more information on worksite wellness can check the new
Web site or call Jackman at 704-432-4526.
Fit City Challenge Worksite Wellness has many great ideas including:
- A list of healthy snack items for company vending machines.
- Creative ways to incorporate physical activity into the workday, even if employees are stuck at their desks.
- A complete self-assessment to determine how healthful the worksite really is and resources to help make improvements.
The Fit City Worksite Wellness Program is a Fit Community grantee. Fit Community is a statewide program designed to recognize and reward North Carolina communities and counties for actively promoting healthy lifestyles. Fit Community is part of Fit Together, the overweight/obesity campaign of the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.