Public Health Week goal: Create a healthier workplace
During National Public Health Week, April 1-8, Delaware Department of Health and Human Services urged businesses to consider these suggestions to improve their worksites' health:
• Provide health promotion or wellness programs and chronic disease management programs for employees as part of their health benefits.
• Promote healthy food and beverage choices in worksite vending machines. Stock vending machines with water, juice and diet sodas, and baked, low-salt and high-fiber snacks.
• Determine if a weight management program can provide lunchtime classes.
• Promote healthy walks as an easy way to encourage physical fitness and weight control.
• Limit exposure to secondhand smoke outside.
• Create workplace wellness by conducting a flu vaccination campaign or a Blood Bank or designated organ donor sign-up drive.
• Address the potential for workplace violence, and put into place mechanisms that instruct employees accordingly.
• Provide personal protective equipment for employees. Train employees about workplace safety regulations, and share Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards with the workforce. Visit www.osha.gov.
For more ideas on how to improve health and safety at work, go to www.nphw.org.