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Healthy Communities Grant

Panhandle Public Health District

Healthy Communities through Worksite Wellness

More than a third of Panhandle residents are overweight and 25 percent are obese. Eighty percent do not eat a proper diet and nearly half do not get enough physical activity. About 17-25 percent use tobacco. These individuals are the poster children for cardiovascular disease – a problem in the Panhandle due to poor diet, inadequate physical activity and tobacco use/exposure. With a large percentage of the population in the Panhandle employed, worksite wellness activities have the potential to reach a large audience.

Healthy Communities through Worksite Wellness will address the risk factors for cardiovascular disease through policy, systems, and environmental change in the workplace. The use of policy, systems, and environmental change at worksites will have the highest reach with a lower expenditure of resources. Wellness coordinators from Panhandle Public Health District and Scotts Bluff County Health Department will work directly with businesses, through the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council, to provide technical assistance in developing worksite wellness plans, policies and systems or environmental change aimed at prevention.

Working along a continuum of change, coordinators will assess employees’ wellness needs through health risk appraisals and interest surveys, review and identify the top priorities through high risk and interest areas and align those priorities with evidence-based practices. The coordinators will assist the worksite wellness teams in writing a wellness plan, complete with objectives, interventions, outcomes and measurements and an implementation plan. Ongoing technical assistance will assure the wellness plan activities are conducted with fidelity. Formative and summative evaluations will “complete” the continuum and lead to ongoing assessment, review, etc.


For more information, contact the NAFH staff at (402) 471-2101.


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