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02 DECEMBER - 2014

Worksite Wellness Task Force

2:00 - 3:30 PM, TUE

Pi`ikoi Building

Conference Room A





Worksite Wellness Task Force

Eighty-two percent of the U.S. population is linked in some way to a worksite. With the exception of sleeping, people spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, making it a prime venue for promoting healthful habits. When it comes to employee health, it takes more than just offering sick days to keep your employees healthy and productive. Prevention is the best medicine. Worksite health promotion programs can have a positive effect on health status, reduce absenteeism, improve productivity, and increase morale. The Overall Goal of Get Fit Kauai’s Worksite Wellness Task Force is to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthful nutrition in the workplaces. Through healthful eating and regular physical activity the workers of Kauai will reduce burden of disease, reduce health disparities, and increase years of healthy life, and reduce health disparities.

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury continued to move forward to implement the health care law today, by issuing final rules on employment-based wellness programs. Read the press release.

What we're working on

GFK 2014 Worksite Wellness Challenge Project Details

24 Kauai Companies have joined the Challenge and taken the first steps towards improving or creating a healthier workplace and healthier employees. These changes can lead to:

  • Improved Morale
  • Improved Productivity
  • Improved Employee Retention
  • Decreased Absenteeism
  • Decreased Health Insurance Costs

Congratulations to the following companies for joining our Challenge:

BAYADA Habilitation
Courtyard by Marriott Kauai
Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
HMS Host
KaiKini Bikinis
Kauai Community College
Kauai District Health Office
Kauai Independent Food Bank
Kauai Marriott Resort
Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital
KOA Trading Co.
KONG Radio Group
Kuhio Medical Center
Lawai Beach Resort
McKenna Recovery Center
Ohana Real Estate Investors
Puakea Golf Course and Ho'okipa Café
Pyramid Insurance Agency
Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital
Syngenta Hawaii LLC
The Cliffs at Princeville
Wilcox Memorial Hospital and Kauai Medical Clinic

Resources for a Healthier Worksite Project Details

Get Fit Kauai - Worksite Wellness Challenge Overview - includes many State & Federal / National Resources.

Fitness & Wellness Facilities and Trainers on Kauai - Listing courtesy of movin’ on 2 wellness LLC.

Great resource from California Department of Public Health

Workforce Health Resource Guide - Get the right tools to keep your employees at their best. A resource from Kaiser Permanente.

WSW Commitment Breakfast Video.

WSW Commitment Breakfast Video



Summaries of Past Events

Highlights from the 2012 “On the Road to Wellness” Challenge are: Project Details

Kauai Community College:

  • Implemented a policy change requiring 1 PE Credit to graduate
  • Created a policy for the weight room to be open to all faculty, staff, and students
  • Created a Health and Wellness Committee

Kauai Island Utility Cooperation (KIUC):

  • Subsidized employee gym memberships
  • Offered healthier foods at meetings and in vending machines

Wilcox Hospital:

  • Expanded salad bar selections
  • Vending machines no longer sell snacks, only water and vitamin water
  • Nutrition information for hot meals are being posted
  • Grab-n-Go fruit and vegetable packs are included at the snack bar

On the Road to Wellness on Inspiration TV show on OC 16 Project Details

The “On the Road to Wellness” Worksite Wellness Challenge was featured on the Inspiration TV show on OC 16. Char Ravelo meets up with Bev Brody, the island coordinator for Get Fit Kauai to see how their WSW, On the Road to Wellness program's policy changes are making a difference for the people of Kauai.

Bev on Inspiration TV
Watch Video
On the Road to Wellness 2010 Project Details

The Worksite Wellness Contest, “On the Road to Wellness” involved 7 planning and research meetings held between November 2009 and June 2010. The contest “kicked off” at the 2nd annual Mayor-a-thon on June 26, 2010. The 7 participating agencies/companies focused on making system, policy and/or environmental changes at work. Each team was given an initial questionnaire to determine how “healthy” their place of work is and how many policies they had in place to support a “healthy” place to work. At the end of the 6-month challenge all teams re-took the same questionnaire to see how much they had improved. Extra points were given to policy and system changes implemented involving physical activity and nutrition.

Each team was assigned a coach (a member of the Worksite Wellness Task Force) and together they worked to create policy/system change at the workplace. The 7 teams in alphabetical order:

1. County of Kaua`iGloria Estrella
2. Hawaiian AirlinesMary Williamson
3. Kaua`i Community CollegeCheryl Ann Farrell
4. Kaua`i District Health OfficeAndrea Lincoln
5. Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC)Mary Williamson
6. Sheraton Kaua`i ResortKathy Leonard
7. Wilcox Memorial Hospital/Kaua`i Medical ClinicsRose Murtagh
2010 Report
On the Road to Wellness Worksite Wellness Challenge Project Details
Kathy Leonard presenting the 2011 Worksite Wellness Challenge Price to Sheraton Kauai
Kathy Leonard presenting the 2011 Worksite Wellness Challenge Price to Sheraton Kauai

The “On the Road to Wellness” contest is a 6-month worksite wellness competition (July - December 2010) involving 7 companies/agencies. “The GREAT 8” - Seven well known companies/agencies on Kauai engaging in the fit-friendly challenge. The SUPER 7 companies are: Hawaiian Airlines, KIUC, Sheraton Poipu, Wilcox/KMC, County of Kauai, Kauai Community College, Kauai District Health Office. Each company completed a survey, met with a Get Fit Kauai Worksite Wellness Coach and set goals that reflect policy, systemic and/or built environment changes in the worksite. Survey Topics (ACS Workplace Solutions) include:

  • Workplace Policies re: food, physical activity and tobacco use
  • Health Insurance Benefits
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Health Tracking
  • Employee Communication

Companies have from July - December 2010 to work on these changes. The company that makes the greatest changes in the 6 month period will be the first to receive the Perpetual Bronze Running Shoe Trophy, Island-wide recognition as one of the healthiest places to work on Kauai and healthier lives. Stay turned for monthly “Super 7 Updates!”

Worksite Challenge

Workplace Solutions

Get Fit Kauai is built on the integration and involvement of community partners. Community partners and volunteers are the key to the successes of this organization.


Task Force Member Directory

Brian Alston

Lihu'e Town Court, Resident Services Manager

Lani Aranio

Marriott's Waiohai and Kauai Lagoons

Rachelle Bachran

Kauai District Health Office

Pualani Borales

County of Kauai

Chuck Brady

Kauai Marriott/ SHRM

Laura Dillman

Kauai Community College

Gloria Estrella

Task Member

Cheryl Ann Farrell

Hearts for Kauai

Frieda Gayle

Project Launch

Sheryl Grady


Carrie Hermosura

United Healthcare

Leimomi Lum

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Mel Mararagan

Grand Hyatt Kauai

Scott McFarland - Vice Chair

Kauai Athletic Club

Melissa Moody


Rose Murtagh

Wilcox Hosp. /movin' on 2 wellness LLC

Owen Nishihara


Susan Oshiro-Taogoshi

Hoola Lahui Hawaii

Jeff Pears

Kauai Hospice

Cara Sadira

Child & Family Services

Valerie Saiki

Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai`i

Rebecca Smith

Child and Family Services

Susan Smith


Mark Walsh

Obesity Project