Bring the Summer Olympics to Your Agency
Inspire your workgroup! The Rio Summer Olympic Games are August 5 to 21, 2016. The Olympics provide a great opportunity to involve employees in healthy activities. Start planning now using the resources below. Your program can be as simple as one activity, or as robust as a three-week challenge. The resources below will get you started.
- Introduction: An overview of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics resources including two sample worksite challenges (below), a customizable introductory employee email, Summer Olympic websites, prize ideas, and other online tools.
- Points Challenge: employees can track their physical activity, fruit & veggie intake, social/family time, and screen-free time. Let me know if you need this form in Word
- 5,000 by 5:00 p.m. Challenge: Employees may track and post their steps each day, Monday through Friday, before they leave the office. The objective is to have logged over 5,000 steps before going home. The goal - to get people up and moving on breaks and at lunch and throughout the day. Examples: stand at the desk, stand during phone calls, walk to the furthest printer, walk on breaks/lunch, park further away, and take the stairs
- Website Resources: Check the Introduction page above for links to the official Olympic Games website, the Olympic Schedule, the 32 Venues, Spectator Guides, Must See Rio, 11 Fun Facts About Rio...and more! You can create games from these resources or email your group an Olympic Factoid every day.
Take pictures of agency events and share them with Health Matters. They can become part of the September Success Story. Let me know if you would like to brainstorm ideas or if you need help with prizes for your Olympic Challenges. I may have something that will work for you.
Struggling to provide healthy foods at your meetings/events? Don't reinvent the wheel; check these resources.
- Tips for Offering Healthier Options and Physical Activity at Workplace Meetings and Events (CDC)
- Under Pressure: Strategies for Sodium Reduction in Worksites (CDC)
- Healthy Food Service Guidelines (CDC)
- Eat Well, Meet Well, and Be Fit
- Meeting Well (ACS)
- Eat Well, Meet Well, Live Healthy (YMCA)
- Healthy Meetings, Conferences, and Events
- Healthy Meeting Guidelines
Worksite Walking Resources
- StairWELL to Better Health CDC
- Walking Campaign Tools CDC
- CDC Vital Signs More People Walk to Better Health
- Walk With Ease Worksite Arthritis Foundation
- Stairway Initiative Guide Activate Treasure Valley
- Other: Mall Walking: A Program Resource Guide (CDC)
Medical Self Care Webpage
Help employees take charge of their health! Medical Self Care is a new Health Matters webpage that provides tools to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
The Presidential Active Lifestyle Program
This is a six week program promoting 30 minutes of activity, 5 days a week or 8,500 steps, 5 days a week. The program includes setting weekly nutrition goals. You can use this as an employee challenge or simply as a group effort. Read more...
Plan a Walking Rally!
Team up with other agencies in your area and sponsor a noon hour Walking Rally. It's fun and easy! And, it gets people up and moving.
The Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)
Looking for relevant, credible, and cost effective resources to assist you in creating your workplace wellness plans? Consider WELCOA.
Planning a Wellness or Health Fair?
If you are planning a wellness fair at your facility, check out the Department of Administration's Wellness and Benefits Fair Guidelines for information regarding vendors.
Doing what matters. Simple employee wellness efforts.
Think of providing these to your employees...
- list of area after-school community programs
- list of area day care programs
- calendar of school vacations and breaks
- support family "after school" phone calls to check on kids
- a private worksite space for breastfeeding mothers
- information about long term care and assisted living resources
- medical self-care books
- financial wellness brown bags using not-for-profits such as the Financial Literacy Coalition
- family-focused wellness events and outreach to include spouses and dependents
The Surgeon General's Call to Action
- Step It Up! A Partner's Guide to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities
- Step It Up video (2.06 min)
Free Health Matters Resources
- Posters. Download and print wellness posters to promote Health Matters, Stairwells, Handwashing, Flu Prevention, Colon Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Prevention, Stroke Awareness and more.
- Bookmarks. Great health reminders; three new designs; free. Order for your employees: email Health Matters and include your office mailing address.
- New Employee Orientation 5x7 Cards. Be proactive. Include this wellness resource as part of your employee orientation program. Download and print the double-sided document in color or B&W. Apple and/or Meadow
Just need a few? email Health Matters
- Medication & Supplements Wallet Cards. Can't remember which supplements you take or how many milligrams your medication is? Keep track on this handy card; free. Order for your employees: email Health Matters and include your office mailing address.
- Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Materials - free posters, flyers, brochures from Idaho's Department of Health & Welfare. Order them online.
Network of Care Idaho
Check out this new resource sponsored through Idaho's Public Health Districts. The site is for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with public health. It is rich with information and resources including a library, links to organizations, and a personal health record you can complete and store securely. Read more...
Are you thinking about making your workplace tobacco-free? Need some help with policy templates, cessation resources, and free signage? Read more about Central District Health's FREE resources.
Consumer Online Health Resources/Data Base
Looking for a health topic for a wellness meeting or a health resource for your employees? Check out the online health information data base; click on Midlife + Adults on the Idaho Commission for Libraries at LiLi.org. It's free and offers everything from fact sheets to videos to images and diagrams.
Additional health and wellness resources are available on the Blue Cross of Idaho website.
Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho
HEAL Idaho is a voluntary network of organizations, agencies, businesses, and individuals committed to creating an environment where all Idahoans have access to healthy food options and opportunities to be physically active. Check out the resources!
Online Resource Guide for Worksites, Produce for Better Health Foundation
To support your agency's wellness program, the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) offers great online tools and materials you can use to improve the health and well-being of your employees. Check it out!
In addition, there is a great resource for Parents and Guardians.
Wellness Program Participant Agreement
If your agency has ongoing wellness activities, exercise classes, or is sponsoring a one-time wellness event, consider having employees sign a participant agreement. The sample participant agreement* can be used to cover a variety of wellness activities/events over an extended period of time.
* This sample was provided by Idaho’s Office of the Attorney General; customize it to meet your needs by working with your agency's Deputy Attorney General, or with the Office of the Attorney General, Contracts & Administrative Law Division: 208-334-2400.
National Health Observances
Searching for specific monthly health observance information? Health observances are special days, weeks, or months used to raise awareness of important health topics. Check out the National Health Observance Calendar. Resources include dates, sponsoring organizations, and contact information.
Agency Coordinator’s Role
If one of your many duties is wellness coordination or serving as the wellness contact for your agency, the Health Matters website is a resource for you. As you start a program be sure it fits with your agency’s culture, resources, budget, and goals. An agency wellness program can be as simple as sending occasional emails to employees connecting them with existing resources, or it can be as structured as running a workplace fitness challenge. As a champion for wellness, your role is to keep employee health and wellness visible. Read more about the scope and mission of wellness. Contact Health Matters for assistance.
Workplace Wellness SpeakersBefore you make that call to invite a wellness speaker into your agency, consider the information in this checklist:
- Is the topic relevant to your employees?
- Is the speaker known to you; do you know that the person’s information is credible?
- Obtaining speakers through larger national (e.g., Red Cross, American Cancer Society) or local/regional (Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition, local hospitals) venues can lend credibility, be more cost efficient, and may prevent you from appearing to support one private business over another in your community.
- Ask the speaker to discuss a specific topic; ask the speaker not to emphasize their business in ways that appear to promote personal gain. Remind the speaker of this agreement again prior to the class.
- Let your speaker know something about the audience he/she will be addressing, e.g., age, gender, education level, type of work done by the agency, and participant expectations.
- When introducing the speaker to the group, include the remark: “This speaker’s views are his/her own and do not represent the views of this agency or of the State of Idaho”.
- Need to brainstorm topics? Contact Health Matters.