May 20 Is Employee Health, Fitness Day

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The Rockland County Department of Health and the Steps to a Healthier Rockland program announce that Wednesday, May 20th is Employee Health & Fitness Day and urge employers to take part in the “Healthier Worksites, Healthier Workers” program to promote a healthy work environment.

A program of the County Health Department, the Healthier Worksites, Healthier Workers program provides free assistance and services to employers in the County. A certified wellness program manager can provide a one-hour assessment and consultation, and assist in the planning of programs that meet the needs of your workforce.

The following are examples of programs that employers can hold on Employee Health & Fitness Day, or better yet year-round:

• Start a Salad Club: Each participating employee signs up to bring one ingredient of a salad recipe, and employees come together to share a salad lunch. Call today to receive a free disc with over 30 Salad Club recipes!

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• Hold a Group Walk: Walking is fun, and can be done almost anywhere. Gather your co-workers and plan a short walk on your break or during lunch.

• Create a walking path: If you’ve got some indoor or outdoor space, designate a walking path for employees to use. Through the “Healthier Worksites, Healthier Workers” program, your worksite can receive not only measurement and assistance in the development of a path, but also up to ten free walking path signs.

• Have Healthy Meetings: Do your office meetings consist of donuts and coffee? Consider having a healthy alternative like fruit and water and don’t forget to take a stretch break during long meetings. Call today for a copy of the Healthy Meeting Guidelines.

• Plan a Lunch & Learn: Lunch & Learn presentations are a great way to bring health and fitness information to employees. The Health Department offers free lunchtime presentations on a variety of topics including nutrition, weight loss, lyme disease, quitting smoking, stress management, cancer prevention and early detection and many more!

“The average full time worker spends about half of their waking hours in the workplace. The workplace environment and culture can have a large impact on the health of the employees. Healthy employees are more productive, miss fewer days of work and have fewer health care costs, ” said Dr. Joan Facelle, Rockland County Commissioner of Health.

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