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5 Crucial Steps to Successful, Profitable, Proactive Chronic Illness Prevention in the Workplace

Posted on | January 23, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Crucial Steps to Successful, Profitable, Proactive Chronic Illness Prevention in the Workplace

By Greg Justice, MA and Drew Saenz B.S. EXW – Team Up Health & Fitness

  1. CEO Support

It all starts with you.  Leading by example in the office doesn’t just pertain to work.

Any program your company introduces is only as effective as the endorsement, value, and action that top level management places in it.  It is even more imperative when we are talking about lifestyle changes.  That is the bottom line we are discussing.

Any program your company introduces is only as effective as the endorsement, value, and action that top level management places in it.  It is even more imperative when we are talking about lifestyle changes.  That is the bottom line we are discussing.

This step is so crucial that our staff at Team Up provides the CEO with the motivation and tools necessary to be active in supporting their corporate fitness and nutrition initiatives.  We maintain a working relationship with top management throughout the program with updated progress reports and evaluations.

Lifestyle changes can be difficult for many people to make.  There are different stages to change humans tend to go through.  We will work with you and your employees to achieve the changes necessary to facilitate the repair and prevention of their health problems and risks.

If you cannot or will not give your full blessing to this program, do not even activate one.  It can be damaging to a business to send a double message to its employees.  You must be consistent in your recognition of the need and your belief in the solution.  Whether it is your product or service specs, your marketing message, your sales plan, or your employee benefits, you must give your approval for effective action.

  1. Business/Employee Needs/Interest Assessment

You must know where things stand at the start.  What are the most important areas you need to address?  What results do you need to see?  Yes, we all want the moon, and we can get it.  One step at a time, the same way you built your business. We provide the needs/interest assessment.  Using your input, we add specific questions to our standard needs assessment form so that you get a complete picture of your business and employee needs, desires, and components on the path to healthy change.

One critical element this needs/interest assessment provides is eye opening possibilities suddenly available to the employee.

Many people have “dieted” for years, ineffectively.  Many people have never challenged themselves in the areas of exercise and nutrition.  People who are dealing with addictions, health issues, and stress suddenly feel empowered and hopeful as they take action filling in their answers.  There is a renewed sense of energy, and action steps in place!

  1. Opportunity for Health Screening

Not everyone knows where their health currently stands.  Studies show that 5 in every 100 employees have undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes.  Knowing baselines is essential to setting the goals and measuring the results.  We can provide this resource and coordinate with department heads so your workplace disruption is minimal.

It is ideal to either distribute a flyer telling employees about this opportunity with date and times, or to hold a company-wide meeting laying out the opportunity.  We will work with you to develop either or both.  We will provide a speaker if you would like a health professional to give part of that meeting.  The health screening can be as discreet or as energetic and inclusive as you would like it to be.

This information is necessary before beginning any physical activity for many people.  Health history information is necessary for all people before beginning an exercise program.

  1. Action Oriented Fitness and Nutrition Implementation

Without action nothing happens.  You need to have an actual exercise and proper nutrition program in place for real change to begin.   You demand action in your business because it is the only way to move from point A to point B.

  1. Clear Goals and a Plan of Action

These are important in any business venture, and especially when employees or any type of change are involved. endurance, agility, and flexibility. These goals and the plan of action must be written.

 

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