Health Education Consultants offer guidance and recommendations to help support and sustain a healthy culture at your worksite. Our consultants work with department leaders/managers and identified staff to conduct a needs assessment, identify interests, develop a plan, and evaluate effectiveness.
The EHP consultant will provide ongoing expert advice and recommendations for wellness initiatives at the individual, organizational, and environmental levels. Initiatives may include customized, on-site educational presentations, lifestyle campaigns, and measurements.
The Health Education Consultant will initially meet with the department management and identified department "Wellness Advocate." The identified Wellness Advocate will serve as the liaison with EHP. As the liaison, the department Wellness Advocate will:
- Solicit and/or provide input on wellness programs for the
- Promote wellness activities and events actively
- Be a wellness role model
- Serve as a motivator
Note: Anyone interested in establishing a healthy culture at their worksite is a Wellness Advocate. The Wellness Advocate does NOT need to be a "regular marathon runner" or "vegetarians." In fact, someone who may be struggling with his or her wellness could potentially make a good Wellness Advocate because this employee may better understand what others are going through.
Not sure where to start?
A Healthy Culture Assessment can help you identify organizational opportunities within your workplace that can support healthy initiatives. Use this tool to work with an EHP Health Education Consultant to build a healthier culture in your work area.
Call 272-4460 to establish a healthy culture at your worksite.
See below for possible list of topics to bring to your worksite.
Disease Prevention & Management
Blood Pressure Balance
High blood pressure affects nearly one in three U.S. adults, but almost a third of those affected don't know they have it. Learn about the DASH diet and other lifestyle factors to help maintain healthy blood pressure.
Learn about the different types of cholesterol and what the numbers mean. Review how to manage cholesterol with specific dietary recommendations, including what foods to choose, how to exercise, and other lifestyle modifications that can help improve cholesterol.
Diabetes & Fitness
We'll review the different types of diabetes, and how they are diagnosed and managed. This class discusses how to reduce risk and manage type 2 diabetes. The focus will be on exercise and how it can assist with regulating your blood sugar levels. Lifestyle factors such as nutrition and smoking cessation are also discussed.
Diabetes & Nutrition
Learn about how the food you eat can help manage blood sugar and control diabetes. We'll also review the different types of diabetes and how diabetes is diagnosed and managed. Additional lifestyle factors will also be discussed, including exercise and smoking cessation.
Osteoporosis Risk Reduction
The childhood disease that presents itself in adulthood – we need to prevent osteoporosis now! This class discusses diet and other lifestyle factors to reduce risk of osteoporosis with specific recommendations to use right away.
Reduce Cancer Risk with Nutrition
Learn how risk factors for many cancers are affected by dietary habits and body weight, and what foods can help reduce risk of cancer. This class does not address the diet one should consume while undergoing cancer treatment.
Conquering the Kitchen
Planning your meals helps reduce how often you go to the grocery store: the less you go, the less you spend. Learn tips on how to plan your meals, and be ready to tackle the grocery store by knowing the supermarket tricks of the trade.
Dining Out Dilemmas
Eating out isn't always a treat. Sometimes it's our lifestyle, and it can be a challenge to find a restaurant item that isn't a full day's calories! Learn some tips for eating out – from fast food to casual dining. We all indulge now and then, but "weekly or more frequently" isn't considered "moderation."
This class discusses how to eat and drink to fuel exercise, while maintaining your weight. Types and proportions of nutrients are discussed, as well as timing of food (pre-, post-, and during exercise). This class is for the recreational exerciser as well as those who participate in endurance events.
Learn about nutritious options for staff celebrations and meetings. Take charge of creating a healthier culture, and learn about nutrition by getting involved with bringing healthy snacks to work.
Nutrition Myths & Facts
Nutrition misinformation is common, and it is difficult to keep up. We'll discuss what to eat and why. All information presented is based on current research and not on urban or internet legends.
Portion Distortion & Label Lowdown
The most confusing thing on a food label: the Nutrition Facts! Learn the information you need vs. what you can ignore. We'll cover serving sizes of foods including grains, vegetables, fruits, and proteins.
Sorting Out Supplements
Dietary supplements make claims that often sound too good to be true. This class covers who regulates dietary and herbal supplements and clarifies why "natural" is not always "safe."
Fitness, Ergonomics, & Injury Prevention
Back Injury Prevention
This class addresses ways chronic back injuries occur, and reviews how core strength, flexibility training, and good posture can prevent and reduce back pain. Ways to incorporate exercises into your lifestyle with a 20-minute exercise session are also included (participation voluntary).
Train smarter not harder... using target heart rate ranges during your cardio workout. Learn to calculate your target heart rate for exercise, about the difference between interval and continuous cardio, and the benefits of using a heart rate monitor.
Ergonomic Stretch Breaks
This four-week stretching program is a preventive injury tool shown to reduce employee musculoskeletal injuries and worker's compensation costs. The exercise program restores flexibility, improves blood flow to muscles, enhances postural alignment, increases fitness awareness, and helps alleviate work stress.
This class builds on the ergonomic stretch breaks course with the development of an ongoing stretching program. Designated employees are given responsibility for promoting and soliciting participation from co-workers/peers. They will attend a training session that offers practical guidance for leading group stretches.
Ergonomics & Work-Related Injuries
Designed to benefit all employees, this class focuses on preventing work-related injuries and helping those who are experiencing physical discomfort. Class topics include:
- Ergonomics and Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD)
- Risk factors and behaviors associated with CTD
- Recognize symptoms associated with CTD
- Know what to do if you have symptoms
- Learn ways to reduce the risk of CTD
Jumpstart Your Fitness
This class goes over the three pillars of exercise – cardiovascular, resistance, and flexibility. Participants will learn a general exercise prescription for frequency, intensity, and duration for each pillar so that they can set up their own fitness regimen.
You don't have to join a gym to get fit! Learn how to incorporate strength training into your workday by using your environment and resistance tubes. Participants have an opportunity to practice exercises while the instructor provides feedback on technique and form.
Adapting to Stress
This class addresses stress management and how lifestyle factors can affect our stress level. The physiology of stress, and lifestyle components including nutrition, exercise, and not smoking, are just some of the items covered to help improve and defend our wellness.
Stretch Away Stress
This class gives participants a brief background on how the body's processes/systems are affected by stress. An interactive demonstration will show how stretching and breathing impact these systems. General recommendations for worksite related stress and repetitive motion are provided along with time for individual questions or concerns.