Americans spend a significant amount of time working, those working full-time spending more than one-third of their day, five days per week, at their workplace. The use of effective workplace programs and policies can improve the quality of life for American workers, while also reducing the risk of adverse health outcomes. Check out our materials below on how the DNPA can help you design, implement and evaluate effective workplace health programs.
Indiana Healthy Worksite Toolkit
The Indiana Healthy Worksite Toolkit for Small Businesses, 2nd edition outlines strategic policies, environmental support and activities to provide your employees with opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.
This guide is divided into five sections:
- Assess your worksite
- Enhance your environment
- Promote your efforts
- Reassess your efforts
- Additional tools
IDOH also partners with the Indiana State Personnel Department’s Invest in Your Health, which utilizes department-level wellness champions to disseminate health insurance information, health promotion messages and other learning opportunities.
Food Service Guidelines
The Food Service Guidelines (FSGs), or nutrition standards, are guidelines for organizations and programs to create healthy eating and drinking environments in government-managed cafeterias, snack bars and vending machines. The guidelines can be applied to non-government settings as well, including universities, hospitals and worksite cafeterias or vending machines. The use of pricing incentives, promotional materials and food placement strategies is important for the implementation of the guidelines.
CDC Food Service Guidelines
The Health and Human Services and General Services Administration Guidelines aim to:
- Increase the healthy options available at cafeterias and vending machines
- Align food available at HHS and GSA facilities with the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
- Inform customers about what they are eating and which choices are healthier and more sustainable
- Increase sustainability of HHS and GSA operations and support sustainable agricultural practices
The DNPA currently funds a variety of grantees through the Indiana Healthy Workplaces grant. Initiatives range across topic areas such as lactation support, nutritional guidelines, chronic disease education and management, physical activity promotion and smoking cessation. This grant opportunity is typically released every summer.
Work@Health® is an employer-based training program that helps employers develop a basic skill set and capacity to build or enhance a science-based workplace health program.
The DNPA has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to become trained in the Work@Health Program. Workplaces that participate in this program will have access to six online modules and a half-day, in-person training covering the final two modules while being provided an opportunity to network with other workplaces. The modules are outlined below:
- Make the Business Case
- Assess the Worksite
- Build Leadership Support
- Develop Policy, Benefit, and Environmental Supports
- Design Effective Communities
- Evaluate the Program
- Plan and Design the Program
- Implement and Sustain the Program
Contact Lindsey Bouza at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in this opportunity.
Workplace Wellness Resources
- CDC’s Workplace Health Promotion – a comprehensive set of resources compiled by the CDC
- The Health and Human Services and General Services Administration Guidelines for Federal Concessions and Vending Operations
- Worksite Physical Activity – CDC resources for physical activity in the worksite
- Wellness Council of Indiana – statewide not-for-profit dedicated to worksite wellness in Indiana
Lindsey Bouza, Director of Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity
Contact for Workplace Wellness