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Worksite Program California Fit Business Kit! 

Welcome to the California Fit Business Kit! The Network for a Healthy California -- Worksite Program developed this suite of tools and resources to help employers develop and implement a culture and environment at their workplaces that support healthy eating and physical activity among workers.  This Kit contains ten individual components, all of which have been evaluated by a diverse mix of businesses from across the state and have been designed to be easily implemented at any worksite.  These tools can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness program.  Most importantly, the tools can assist employers and employees who are interested in combating declining employee health and ever-increasing health care costs.  The Kit includes:

Check for Health | Wellness CommitteeHealthy Meeting Policies | Vending Machine Food and Beverage Standards | Healthy Dining Menu Guidelines | Simple Steps to Ordering Farm Fresh Produce for the Worksite | A Guide to Establishing a Worksite Farmers’ Market | Healthy Stairwells Tool | A Guide to Creating Worksite Walking Clubs | Take Action!

As California and the nation face unprecedented increases in adult obesity and associated costs, eating 3½ to 6½ cups of fruits and vegetables and enjoying at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day will help employees manage their weight and protect them from a number of chronic diseases related to lifestyle.

How healthy is your workforce? Are you doing all you can to help employees keep their medical costs down? It is important to provide an environment where employees can put healthy habits into practice!

Check for Health is an easy-to-use tool to assess your worksite and demonstrate a commitment to your employees’ health. Check for Health will assist you in evaluating the culture of health in your organization and how well that culture supports employees’ healthy eating and physical activity habits.

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    Wellness Committee

    Wellness Committee is simply a group of employees that come together to steer the direction of a worksite wellness program. Studies have shown that having a Wellness Committee creates a more successful and more sustainable worksite wellness program.

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    The Healthy Meeting Policies can help you offer healthy foods and physical activity breaks to accommodate the needs of all your employees. By offering these healthy choices at workplace meetings, gatherings and events, you will be encouraging vitality and productivity while supporting workers’ interest in healthy eating and physical activity.

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  • Healthy Meeting Certificate (PDF)Opens a new browser window
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    Vending machines offer employees mid-morning snacks or that late afternoon pick-me-up.  Unfortunately, they also fill the role of answering a nagging sweet tooth. The food and beverage options that are typically found in vending machines are high in calories, sugar, and fat.  In order to increase employee access to healthy food and beverage options at work, the Network for a Healthy California -- Worksite Program encourages employers to implement the following healthy food and beverage standards in their onsite vending machines. By replacing some of the items currently in your vending machines with healthier options, you’ll empower your employees to choose snacks that are not only good for them, but give them that boost of energy they need to get through the day. 

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  • Vending Machine Fax (PDF)Opens a new browser window
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    All too often cafeteria food claims the prize for high fat, high calories, and low nutrients.  With obesity rates climbing and heart disease claiming so many lives, it is more important than ever that employees have access to heart healthy food choices.  In order to increase employee access to healthy and tasty food options at work, the Network for a Healthy California -- Worksite Program encourages employers to implement healthy dining menu standards at their onsite cafeterias or dining facilities.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the taste, color, and profitability of healthy menu options. 

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    California is the agricultural hub of the United States, yet in 2003, over 60 percent of California adults did not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day.  Increased fruit and vegetable consumption among employees improves energy levels and productivity, a fact that often translates into improved employee morale and decreased health care costs.  This easy-to-use guide offers information on how to order boxes of fresh produce from local farmers for a quick delivery to your worksite. 

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    Incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet is an important step toward enjoying a healthy and productive life. Not only are fruits and vegetables delicious, but they provide a cost effective way to supply powerful nutrients that help you fight disease.  Farmers’ markets are a great way of bringing farm fresh produce to your worksite and surrounding community.  This tool shows you how to set-up and maintain a farmers’ market at or near your workplace so that you and your employees can conveniently shop for fresh fruits and vegetable every week.  If healthy, productive employees are a priority for your organization, be sure to read this tool!

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  • Farmers' Market Incentive Card (PDF)Opens a new browser window
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    In 2003, nearly 50 percent of California adults were not physically active on most days of the week! Physical inactivity is a costly problem that contributes to the poor health of Californians.  Stairwells are an inexpensive and effective way to add physical activity into your daily routine.  This resource will provide you with the information you need to motivate and encourage all of your employees to take advantage of the health benefits that stairwells provide.

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  • Stairwell Competition Form (PDF)Opens a new browser window
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    As technology advances, so does the sedentary and anti-social nature of our workforce, which brings about decreased productivity and job satisfaction.  Participating in a worksite walking club is a great way to counterbalance these negative effects. This guide gives you the steps you need to create a successful and sustainable walking club at your worksite and help re-energize your employees. 

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    The Take Action! Employee Wellness Program is a free, 10-week, web-based program that encourages employees to set individual fruit and vegetable and physical activity goals, and to work in teams to meet or exceed their goals.  The program also provides easy ways for employers to support the goals of their staff.  The concept of Take Action! is based upon a worksite physical activity program that was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Most recently, Take Action! received a prestigious award for its innovative web-based approach. Are you ready to Take Action!? Visit www.takeactionca.com

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    Last modified on: 10/3/2012 9:00 AM