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.
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
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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
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
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
• 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
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