Soaring health care costs and alarming health statistics have many states implementing health and prevention programs for their employees and citizens. Last week I mentioned the initiatives for North Carolina and Arkansas. Here are some additional summer programs in the works:
American Hiking from Michigan will commemorate National Trails Day. The slogan for National Trails Day 2008, 'Join Us on the Trail', "is an open invitation to all Americans to join-up with a local hiking club, outdoor retailer, local park and recreation department, or federal land managing agency to get outside and experience everything the great outdoors has to offer". www.americanhiking.org/events/ntd/ http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails.
Kentucky has an initiative that focuses on healthier lifestyles and is called "Get Healthy Kentucky" http://gethealthy.ky.gov/org/worksite/simplestarts.htmGeneral ideas for the program include:
- Bulletin Boards - Including topics such as: Summer Sun Safety, Men’s/Women’s Health, Food Safety, Food Guidance System, Sugar Content of Foods, Fiber, Whole Grains, etc
- Health Promotion Emails - distribute company-wide health emails to all staff. Examples may include promoting special events such as Bike + Walk to Work Day, National Trails Day, National Farmers’ Market Week, National 5 A Day
- Paycheck Message Insert - Post quick and simple ‘health tip’ messages inside employee paychecks. This is especially cost efficient if reaching a large number of employees at once
- Social Support - promote health related discussions, weight loss tips and communication being exchanged on a daily basis.
More states and their initiatives to come next week