|Health Factors:||Diet & Exercise|
|Decision Makers:||Educators Employers & Businesses Local Government State Government Healthcare Professionals & Advocates Nonprofit Leaders Public Health Professionals & Advocates|
|Population Reach:||20-49% of WI's population|
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Worksite nutrition and physical activity programs use educational, environmental, and behavioral strategies to improve health-related behaviors and health outcomes. These programs may include written materials, skill-building (e.g., cue control), individual or group counseling, improved access to healthy foods (e.g., changing cafeteria or vending machine options), and opportunities to be more active at work (e.g., on-site facilities for exercise or standing/walking workstations) (CG-Obesity).
There is strong evidence that worksite nutrition and physical activity programs increase physical activity, weight loss (Verweij 2011, CG-Obesity, Dishman 2009), and fruit and vegetable consumption among employees (Verweij 2011).
Worksite nutrition and physical activity programs that utilize multiple components appear to be more successful than programs that utilize only one component (CG-Obesity). Successful programs have been shown to enhance self-confidence for participants, and benefit employers through increased employee productivity and reduced medical care costs (CG-Obesity).
Worksite programs appear to be cost effective strategies to increase physical activity and improve weight status (CG-Obesity).
There are a number of worksite-based obesity prevention programs in the US. Some examples include New Hampshire’s Healthy Eating Active Living program (HEAL), the CDC’s StairWELL initiative (CDC-HWI StairWELL), and North Carolina's Eat Smart, Move More NC program (ESMM NC).
The Healthier Wisconsin Worksite Initiative, a collaborative effort of the Office of the Governor, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health and the Department of Health and Family Services’ Nutrition and Physical Activity Program, aims to improve nutrition and increase physical activity within the adult working population through the development of worksite wellness programs (WI DHS-Worksite).
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