January is the traditional month to start new things, including initiatives to get healthier. All too often these goals are abandoned come February 1. However, with a little structure and a little encouragement, businesses and facilities can help their employees start a program and get healthier, and stay healthier, in the New Year. Here are a few ways you can promote health programs in your office or building today.
- Make it a Competition
Organize weight loss challenges. By encouraging healthy competition among your employees everyone wins by losing the extra weight they want to eliminate. Have weekly weigh-ins so people can track their progress. Offer healthy incentives to encourage participation.
- Help them Quit Smoking
A smoke-free workplace and incentives to help smoking employees kick the habit will promote healthier lifestyles for everyone in your office and their families at home.
- Access to Flu Shots
If the flu takes a hold in your workplace it can mean significantly decreased productivity. Inviting an organization to come into your office and provide flu vaccinations can dramatically decrease the risk of a flu epidemic sweeping through your employees.
- Offer Ways to Increase the Affordability of Healthy Foods
Some businesses are looking at ways to subsidize healthy grocery bills for their employees. For example, you could purchase a membership at a local farmers’ market, or provide a discount card for healthy foods that can be used at the grocery store. Stock your break room with healthy options.
- In-House Health Screenings
Often employees feel too busy to go to the doctor for regular check-ups and will only go when something is wrong. Preventative care is better for everyone. Offer a day of in-house health screenings that can give your employees a basic baseline for their cholesterol, blood sugar, risks for certain conditions, and more.