Thursday, June 18, 2009

Health Matters to Georgia Human Resources Department

Initially launched in 2002, Health Matters is a work site wellness program that encourages employees to make positive health changes by offering regular activities related to healthy eating and physical activity. The program was originally offered to the Division of Public Health workers but now is available to all State employees. Examples of the program include:
  • Catchy promotional materials placed throughout the building encouraging employees to take the stairs
  • Promotional materials for the fresh produce market in the lobby of the building
  • A lactation room exists to support breastfeeding after mothers return to work
The goal of Georgia's Health Matters is to encourage management to formally adopt wellness policies that support healthy eating, physical activity, breastfeeding and smoking cessation; implement further environmental changes in the Public Health building; and ultimately expand to other work sites throughout Georgia.

Great start Georgia, but you have a long way to go! Current stats show 34.6 percent of Georgia adults over 18 are overweight, 27.1% of adults over 18 are obese (higher than the national average) and close to 10% of this population has diabetes!

For more information on Georgia's Work site Health Initiatives contact:

Georgia Worksite Health Initiative
Georgia DHR, Division of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street, 16-285Atlanta, GA 30303

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