JANUARY - 2015
Worksite Wellness Leadership Team
2:00 - 3:30 PM, TUE
Conference Room A
Worksite Wellness Leadership Team
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.
What we're working on
Congratulations to the following 24 Kauai Companies that participated in the Challenge and took the first steps towards improving or creating a healthier workplace and healthier employees.
2014 Worksite Wellness Challenge Results
|Kauai Marriott Resort
|The Cliffs at Princeville
|Lawai Beach Resort
|Kauai District Health Office
|Ohana Real Estate Investors
|Puakea Golf Course
|KOA Trading Co.
|McKenna Recovery Center
|Grand Hyatt Kauai
|Kauai Independent Food Bank
|Wilcox Memorial Hospital
|Kauai Medical Clinic
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.
5-minute office stretching guide by Rose.
GET FIT KAUAI Worksite Wellness Challenge 2014 Presentation "The Importance of Worksite Wellness".
2014 Worksite Wellness Challenge Accomplishments Small steps that each company accomplished.
WSW Commitment Breakfast Video
Summaries of Past Events
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
- 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
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.
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`i||Gloria Estrella|
|2. Hawaiian Airlines||Mary Williamson|
|3. Kaua`i Community College||Cheryl Ann Farrell|
|4. Kaua`i District Health Office||Andrea Lincoln|
|5. Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC)||Mary Williamson|
|6. Sheraton Kaua`i Resort||Kathy Leonard|
|7. Wilcox Memorial Hospital/Kaua`i Medical Clinics||Rose Murtagh||
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!”
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
Lihu'e Town Court, Resident Services Manager
Marriott's Waiohai and Kauai Lagoons
Kauai District Health Office
County of Kauai
Kauai Marriott/ SHRM
Kauai Community College
Cheryl Ann Farrell
Hearts for Kauai
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Grand Hyatt Kauai
Scott McFarland - Vice Chair
Kauai Athletic Club
Wilcox Hosp. /movin' on 2 wellness LLC
Hoola Lahui Hawaii
Child & Family Services
Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai`i
Child and Family Services