Workplace Wellness provides workplaces with information and resources to assist them in planning and implementing comprehensive programs on a variety of health topics that include:
Comprehensive programming in the workplace brings success and benefits to companies and their employees. A comprehensive program utilizes four health promotion strategies in program planning and delivery.
The four health promotion strategies include:
- Awareness Building
- Education and Skill Building
- Environmental Supports
- Policy and Guideline Development
By utilizing these strategies from the Workplace Wellness Health Model, you create a more sustainable and successful program. We have applied the health promotion strategies to our focused topics to make it easier for you to implement them in your workplace. Remember you can always consult with one of our Workplace Wellness Team Members to answer questions regarding needs assessments, action plans, resources and evaluations by calling York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653, TTY 1-866-2552-9933 or by email to email@example.com
Early Detection of Cancer - Increase your workplace's awareness of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Promote early detection through regular participation in screening programs and prevention through increased access to healthy lifestyle choices. Occupational Health Nurses or Workplace Wellness Coordinators can use the Promoting Cancer Screening in the Workplace tool kit to plan for Cancer Awareness Months (March, April and October) and promote cancer prevention and early detection throughout the year.
Healthy Eating – Nutrition Works is a comprehensive healthy eating program available to workplaces in York Region, and provides a number of activities to promote nutrition to employees and in the organization. The program provides consultation and customized strategies to assist employers in promoting a healthy nutrition environment, such as offering healthier food choices in the cafeteria, vending machines and at business functions, and also educates and helps employees build skills around healthy eating.
Physical Activity and Active Communities – This program promotes regular physical activity and active transportation such as walking and cycling through a variety of health promotion strategies. Resources are focused on the importance of integrating physical activity and active transportation into your daily routine as an effective strategy for preventing chronic diseases and creating a healthier environment. Health professionals provide consultations, tips and creative ideas to encourage workplaces to implement skill building opportunities and policy development.
Skin Cancer Prevention – Resources are available to workplace leaders in the development of comprehensive skin cancer prevention and shade programs. The health messaging throughout this program supports the recommended sun protection measures for adults, children, outdoor workers and promotion of shade in outdoor areas as outlined by the Canadian Cancer Society.
Stress Management - By implementing a comprehensive stress management program, workplaces build their capacity to develop a healthy and resilient workforce. This is done by giving both the employer and employees information about workplace stress, strategies for building resilience and offering guidance in the development of their individual action plans. Consultation is also available to aid workplace leaders in creating supportive environments and in the development of guidelines and policies related to stress management.
Substance Misuse Prevention – A program to help management and staff make informed decisions about substance use and the workplace. A substance is defined as anything taken into the body that changes the way a person thinks, acts or feels. Consultation is available on the development of workplace substance use policies along with a variety of educational resources including links to community resources to raise awareness about substance use.
Tobacco-Free Living – Workplaces can get support, resources and consultation that focus on: tobacco-use prevention, quitting smoking, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and workplace policy development
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