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Why is a healthy school workforce important?

  • February 12th, 2013

Employee Health Matters in Oregon Schools  and school employee wellness is not just a fringe benefit. It’s essential to achieving the primary goal of education-to ensure student academic success. A healthy school staff reduces costs and stress. It also increases productivity at a time when schools are under enormous pressure to do more with less. School employees make up a large percentage of Oregon’s workforce, and they play an enormous role in their students’ lives. While under the care of educators and other staff, children learn life skills that help them become successful, productive and healthy community members. “When teachers are healthy and on their game every day, we are more effective at achieving our educational goals and promoting student success” Barry Nemec, Special Education Director, Baker School District. There is a clear need for employee wellness in Oregon schools.

The 2011 Oregon Behavioral Risk Factor Survey for School Employees showed that:

  • 56% of school staff are overweight or obese.
  • Only 30% eat the recommended five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 90% are trying to maintain or lose weight
  • 5% currently smoke
  • 13% reported current depression

“If we have healthier educators working with our students, we’re becoming true role models,” said Gail Rasmussen, president of the Oregon Education Association. “We’re helping our students understand that it’s important to be responsible for our lifestyle early on, rather than waiting until we find ourselves with some health condition we could have avoided.”

The Oregon Dental Association Presents “The Brushy”

  • July 24th, 2012

The Oregon Dental Association has launched their ‘Teach Me How to Brushy‘ public service campaign!  You can watch the video, aimed at communicating the importance of establishing healthy dental habits at an early age, at www.teachmehowtobrushy.com.

Worksite Wellness Webinar

  • June 4th, 2012

Don’t miss this educational opportunity for worksite wellness…click on the logo below to register and invite your wellness team to join you or watch on your own.  This is the beginning of a 5 part webinar series that will focus on  key elements of an effective worksite wellness program and will include tools and resources you can use!

 NHW Webinar

WELCOA (Wellness Council of America)

  • June 4th, 2012

Below are two links to articles about incentive use in wellness programs.  The first article is from WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and the second is from ODS.  The definition of incentive is: A motivating influence; stimulus and serving to incite to action.  Most wellness programs are voluntary and providing incentives can increase participation and motivate individuals to make healthy lifestyle changes.  Incentives can also create negative actions with individuals going to extreme measures to “win”, thus developing unhealthy behaviors.  Incentive use should be well thought out, calculated and planned to initiate and sustain healthy behavioral changes.

Important: Please check with your entity about rules and regulations concerning incentive use.

 http://welcoa.org/freeresources/pdf/aa_vol4_no7_jul05.pdf

http://www.odscompanies.com/pdfs/wellness/incentives.pdf

ODS Well@work Resources

  • February 10th, 2012

ODS Well@work provides resources and tools to support your health and wellness programs and interventions.  These are free resources available to all and are “turn-key” campaigns being that the materials are already created for you.  The Well@work links are below:

The ODS Well@work Employer Toolkit is designed to encourage the discussion of workplace wellness, assist in creating or sustaining a wellness program, and provide useful resources.

Our Well@work Health Promotion Campaigns, focused on various health topics, put targeted, comprehensive wellness campaigns at your fingertips. Print-ready collateral such as table tents, flyers and email blasts help you communicate clearly and effectively with your employees, inspiring them to take charge of their health.