The Moore American


October 16, 2013

County helath department sets wellness policy to improve community

MOORE — The Cleveland County Health Department recently announced its wellness policy that went into effect Oct. 1.

The Cleveland County Health Department is taking steps to help improve the health of Oklahomans in their community. By encouraging lifestyles that promote eating better, moving more and being tobacco-free in their workplace.

“With our employees spending an average of 40 hours a week on the job, we have a unique opportunity to help create a healthier workforce by fostering a health-conscious work environment and providing convenient opportunities for our employees to eat better, be more physically active and take better care of themselves,” Amanda James, Health Education supervisor for the Cleveland County Health Department, said.

The Cleveland County Health Department works closely with the Cleveland County Nutrition and Fitness Coalition to implement its wellness policy. The Cleveland County Nutrition and Fitness coalition is funded through The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) program based on the best evidence available to create real and sustainable changes. The coalition is active in helping schools, afterschool programs, workplaces, and communities to encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Some of the main aspects of the wellness policy include:

· Healthy food and beverage options at company-sponsored meetings and events

· Healthy food and beverage options in vending machines

· Refrigerator access for employees

· Pricing strategies that encourage the purchase of healthy food and beverage options

· An employee policy notification plan of opportunities available for physical activity

· Implement activity breaks for meetings that are longer than one hour

· A designated walking path on or near building property

· Access to onsite fitness center, gymnasium or physical activity classes

· Access to offsite workout facility or subsidized membership to local fitness facility

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