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Healthy Virginians  
 
 

Healthy Employees

Virginia's state employees reflect the same general health statistics that Americans at large do -- meaning a good percentage are overweight, don't exercise and are at risk for the same chronic health problems like diabetes and heart disease.

Progress Report

State employees have seen a flurry of Healthy Virginians activity since the program's inception in late 2004 -- they now report high percentages of increased activity and nutritional eating, and improved health overall.   Get the full summary here, plus lists of agency award winners.

To encourage state employees to get and stay healthy, the Healthy Virginians program has put the following incentives in place:

Confidential Health Assessments.  All state employees are encouraged to undergo a confidential, on-line health assessment at www.gethealthytools.com. This Web site also allows users to document improvements to their health habits and overall wellness over time. [The individual assessments are available only to state employees through Healthy Virginians.]

Free Online Tracking of Health Routines.  State employees are encouraged to participate in the Virginia on the Move™ walking program, coordinated by the Center for Food and Nutrition Policy at Virginia Tech, (the state affiliate of the national, non-profit America on the Move™ program). Once participating employees complete their online health assessments above, they can begin to record daily walk and exercise routines at www.americaonthemove.org/va.

Get more detailed instructions on using Get Healthy Tools and America on the Move.

Walk 15.  State employees are also encouraged to use a daily 15-minute break for walking or other exercise. Participants in upcoming health screenings will receive free pedometers to better monitor these daily walks.

Informational Tool Kits.  State employees will be given information on education programs, special contests and challenges, and other fun health-related initiatives. In addition, the state will distribute Healthy Virginians Tool Kits that include “best practices” tips on how to integrate health and physical activity into the work culture. These tool kits can be used as a model for private sector employers as well.


CommonHealth Coordinators

 

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