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Worksite Wellness Programs Plays a Vital Role in Improving the Health of the Staff

According to UCLA-evaluated study project community health projects are of great help in reducing various diseases and improving the health of the office employees//. The project is led by Community Health Councils, Inc.

(CHC) in Los Angeles. It talks about how incorporating physical activity and healthy eating into an office pays dividends for participants. The study is published in the journal Health Promotion Practice. The study finds that a six-week wellness-training program significantly increases vigorous physical activity among participants.

A 12-week curriculum, meanwhile, boosts fruit and vegetable intake while reducing feelings of sadness and depression, and can even reduce waistlines. ‘Creating a culture of healthy living within an organizational framework requires buy-in by leadership, staff and clientele,’ said Dr. Antronette K. Yancey, lead author of the study and associate professor of health services at the UCLA School of Public Health.

‘Both the physical and social environment must change.’ ‘The model we studied holds promise for extending the reach of worksite wellness programming to organizations, at-risk populations and communities not traditionally engaged by such efforts,’ she added. ‘However, many obstacles to organizational and individual engagement are apparent. Recommendations include offering a flexible menu of options that may be tailored to each organization and developing strong intra-organizational connections throughout the program to improve sustainability.’

‘The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) 2010 demonstration project, led by Los Angeles-based Community Health Councils, adapted and implemented an organizational wellness intervention originally developed by the local health department. The program provides training in incorporating physical activity and healthy food choices into the routine ‘conduct of business’ in a variety of predominantly public and private, non
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