Worksite Wellness SC Governors Cabinet Agencies Jennifer Read

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Worksite Wellness SC Governor’s Cabinet Agencies Jennifer Read, MPA Public Health Outreach Director December

Worksite Wellness SC Governor’s Cabinet Agencies Jennifer Read, MPA Public Health Outreach Director December 3, 2014

Cost-Effective Impact § Focusing on areas where we can make the most difference at

Cost-Effective Impact § Focusing on areas where we can make the most difference at little to no cost for cabinet agencies § Developed from the perspective of an agency with no dedicated staff or financial resources for worksite wellness

How We Can Help § Policy templates that can be modified to meet the

How We Can Help § Policy templates that can be modified to meet the needs of each cabinet agency § Free resources to help cabinet agencies communicate policies to employees § Free consultative services with programspecific experts in breastfeeding, physical activity, and tobacco prevention

Creating A Healthier State

Creating A Healthier State

Impact of Breastfeeding § Breastfeeding is an effective, evidence-based strategy to fight childhood obesity

Impact of Breastfeeding § Breastfeeding is an effective, evidence-based strategy to fight childhood obesity § About 70% of employed mothers with children under 3 work full time § Lack of flexibility for milk expression in their work schedule has been identified as a major barrier to working women breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Assessment § None of the cabinet agencies had a formal breastfeeding policy

Breastfeeding Assessment § None of the cabinet agencies had a formal breastfeeding policy

Breastfeeding Policy § Provides working mothers with a dedicated space and supportive environment to

Breastfeeding Policy § Provides working mothers with a dedicated space and supportive environment to express milk during work hours § Encourages workers and their supervisors to work together to establish mutually convenient break times for milk expression

Breastfeeding Materials § § § One-page overview Policy FAQs for HR Sample email Door

Breastfeeding Materials § § § One-page overview Policy FAQs for HR Sample email Door hanger and posters

Encouraging Physical Activity § Getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day: § Lowers

Encouraging Physical Activity § Getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day: § Lowers the risks of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure § Improves productivity § Does not require supplying gym memberships or employer-led activities

Physical Activity Assessments § 11% of cabinet agencies use motivational or point-of-decision signs to

Physical Activity Assessments § 11% of cabinet agencies use motivational or point-of-decision signs to encourage employees to be more physically active § 28% of cabinet agencies offer flexible hours to schedule physical activity

Physical Activity Policy § Allows workers to request to combine their two 15 -minute

Physical Activity Policy § Allows workers to request to combine their two 15 -minute breaks up to 3 times per week to encourage physical activity § An “Employee Request for Physical Activity Time” form is submitted to an employee’s supervisor to request permission; agreement is reviewed annually

Physical Activity Materials § § § One-page overview Policy Employee Request Form FAQs for

Physical Activity Materials § § § One-page overview Policy Employee Request Form FAQs for Employees Sample email Signage

Impact of Tobacco Use on SC § Smoking costs South Carolina almost $5 billion

Impact of Tobacco Use on SC § Smoking costs South Carolina almost $5 billion annually, including: § $1. 6 billion in direct health care costs § $1 billion in lost productivity

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Tobacco users miss 2. 3 more days

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Tobacco users miss 2. 3 more days each year due to sickness than non-tobacco users § Employees who take four 10 -minute breaks a day to smoke work about 1 month less per year than workers who don’t take smoke breaks § The average tobacco user costs an employer nearly $6, 000 per year

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Employees exposed to secondhand smoke on the

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Employees exposed to secondhand smoke on the job are: § 12 -19% more likely to get lung cancer § At a 25 -35% increased risk of heart attack

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Nonsmoking employees can receive workers’ comp, unemployment

Impact of Tobacco Use on Employers § Nonsmoking employees can receive workers’ comp, unemployment comp, disability benefits and settlements based upon exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace. § Going tobacco-free reduces liability and potential property damage: in 2012 smoking caused 16 fires in non-residential buildings.

Tobacco Assessments § 56% of agencies did not have a tobacco-free campus policy §

Tobacco Assessments § 56% of agencies did not have a tobacco-free campus policy § Biggest barriers identified: § Don’t know how to get started § Lack of financial resources

Tobacco-Free Campus Policy § Modeled after successful policies developed by two other state agencies:

Tobacco-Free Campus Policy § Modeled after successful policies developed by two other state agencies: USC and MUSC. § Bans all tobacco products, including ecigarettes and chew. § Defines property regardless of whether owned or leased.

Intent of the Policy § Create an environment that is conducive to quitting tobacco

Intent of the Policy § Create an environment that is conducive to quitting tobacco § Promote the prevention of tobacco use § Prevent the risks associated with exposure to secondhand smoke

Tobacco-Free Campus Materials § § § One-page overview Policy FAQs for HR and for

Tobacco-Free Campus Materials § § § One-page overview Policy FAQs for HR and for Employees Sample email Signage, flyers and posters