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Monday, April 14, 2008

A Wellness "Tool Kit"

A Canadian public health agency has created a corporate wellness program “tool kit” that, it says, will help resource-challenged local businesses create an a la carte program to meet their needs (and budget).

It has a few novel ideas.

According to an article at Innisfil Journal.com, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit launched the Healthy Steps @ Work, “a web-based toolkit with a wide range of ideas for physical activity challenges, healthy eating and sun safety.

“ ‘It’s not easy to find the time to develop and run workplace wellness programs so we wanted to develop a toolkit for workplaces that had plenty of ‘grab-and-go’ components that a workplace could easily put into action,’ said Mary Gibson, supervisor of the Chronic Disease Prevention – Healthy Lifestyle Team at the health unit.”

“The community developed kit was piloted in 10 area workplaces, including Royal Victoria Hospital, the Barrie Public Library and Georgian College, the article said.

Activities included renting ice time for family skates, attaching healthy recipes to pay envelopes, promoting Ontario fruits and vegetables, ordering sun safety fact sheets and creating ‘fit boxes,’ mini gyms complete with yoga mats and DVDs, pedometers and Dynabands with accompanying instructions in a box.

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