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Worksite environments that support heart-healthy lifestyle choices
in Tompkins County, NY 

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New York State Department of Health

The Health Promotion Program, Tompkins County (NY) Health Department, developed and maintains this web site. (more...)

Incentive program for physical activity 5 A Day Challenge
T-Free Zone: Keep the air smoke free, support smokers who want to quit, help teens beat the tobacco trap.
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This page last updated: January 27, 2011  

Steps for starting a worksite wellness program

Fruit & Snack Bowl
Support and encourage healthy food choices by providing a source of healthy snacks at your worksite.

Wellness Committee Works
Wondering what a wellness committee does? Be a “fly on the wall” and read the minutes of meetings held at a local worksite.

New: Healthy Meeting Guidelines
from the NYS Health Dept. Download PDF (91KB) 

Search for legislation about nutrition and/or PA.
The CDC's Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity (DNPA) is pleased to announce the launch of the state legislation searchable database. The database allows users to search for state bills from 2001 to present related to nutrition and/or physical activity. Users can use search fields, enter keywords, or search the entire database. This database is available to the general public and no registration or password is required. This database was created after requests from state partners and is the first public access database of its kind. Please visit the database at: http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/DNPALeg/ It can also be accessed on the DNPA home page, Nutrition home, Physical Activity Home and 5 A Day Coordinators sections.

Obesity affects close to 1/3 of US adults
According to 2000 data, 31 percent of adults 20 years of age and over -- nearly 59 million people -- are classified as obese, compared to 23 percent in 1994. See Obesity on the rise.

Mediterranean diet favored for sustained weight-loss in a Harvard study

Click here for more news and press releases about nutrition and physical activity

 Incentive Programs 
Why include one as part of your worksite wellness program?

Will your physical activity program work?
One of the objectives included by many of our HHW worksites describes a physical activity program based on personal goal setting. A new report from the CDC tags just this kind of program as being among the most highly recommended ways to promote physical activity.  > Background page   > More detail page

Physical Activity Cuts Medical Costs
"The potential savings if all inactive American adults became physically active could be $29.2 billion in 1987 dollars, or $76.6 billion in 2000 dollars," according to the CDC.  >>full article

What's a healthy snack?
Is it healthy or hype? Here are some guides to helping you make better choices.
Meet what you eat
Finding your way around the Nutrition Facts label.

What is Healthy Eating?
Is a donut unhealthy? Maybe not, if your total fat intake is less than the recommendations.

The high cost of obesity
A newly released RAND study shows that health care and Rx costs of obesity are greater than smoking or problem drinking. The health risk status of obesity equals the effects of aging from 30 to 50 years old. Full (3/12/02) press release»»

Health problems resulting from overweight and obesity...
could reverse many of the health gains achieved in the US in recent decades, according to a Surgeon General's "call to action" issued in December 2001.

The importance of "Readiness to Change"
One of the keys to a successful program aimed at behavioral change is recognizing that not everyone is equally ready to change. Sometimes you might even push people away by failing to plan for this variable. (Ever know someone who, the more you push 'em the slower they go?)
  Become familiar with the Stages of Change theory before you plan your promotion!

"SIGNS of a Well Working Business"
Respond to the newspaper ad campaign about worksite wellness.

Wellness Starter Kit for worksites.


Worksite environments that support good nutrition and regular physical activity are central to lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers.

What Is Wellness?

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Worksite Wellness for Tompkins Cty

History of this Web Site

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Who wants to change?

Surveys: what do employees want in a wellness program?

Effective ways to increase physical activity, from a CDC study

Step-by-step incentive program for physical activity

Ready-to-use incentive programs: > Physical ActivityNutrition



Mission statements

Fruit & Snack Bowl

HHW Objectives

Web links

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5 A Day Challenge
Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day! Take the 5 A Day Challenge... for better health!

Curb Your Car Day in Tompkins County is May 21, 2003 Tompkins County Curb Your Car Coalition.

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This Web site was originally established for those participating in the Healthy Heart Worksite Wellness Project (HHW), conducted by the Health Promotion Program, Tompkins County Health Department.

The Tompkins County Health Department is one of 21 agencies contracted state-wide by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), Healthy Heart Program, to carry out the Worksite Wellness Program. Funding is also provided, in part, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For more about this web site, click here.


Ted Schiele, Planner/Evaluator
Health Promotion Program
Tompkins County Health Department
Ithaca, NY

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