Worksite Wellness in Broward County

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As a result of the Pioneering Healthier Communities process the YMCA of Broward County is reexamining some of its operating practices. In an effort to make the healthy choice the easy choice in our community the Y realized that it needed to look into its own walls and the people inside them. Last month the Y revisited the Community Healthy Living Index (CHLI) and completed the worksite assessment.

The results of that assessment are the continued development of innovative worksite wellness policies for the employees. Those of us that work a typical 9-5 desk job spend the majority of our day at our desks. But research is showing that sitting for prolonged periods of time without physical activity can have the same adverse effects on our health as smoking!

Some of Broward County’s largest employers are involved in Pioneering Healthier Communities and the Transforming Our Community’s Health (TOUCH) initiative. If we all begin to walk the walk within our organizations and make nutritious foods, physical activity, and smoke free environments more readily available and accessible then that will leave a substantial footprint on improving the health of Broward County.

Broward County has developed worksite wellness initiatives for its public employees, now all organizations in the county need to follow their lead by providing a healthful worksite environment. The CHLI tool is an excellent first step in determining where your organization should begin in developing a worksite wellness initiative. E-mail the YMCA’s Director of Community Health Innovation, Meredith Sowers (msowers@ymcabroward.org), if you would like more information on using the tool or general worksite wellness information.

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