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Wellness Activities: 3. Physical Activity
Work place initiatives to improve physical activity are most successful when they are done comprehensively. A comprehensive physical activity initiative impacts barriers and opportunities for physical activity on multiple levels. A comprehensive worksite-based program to increase physical activity may include policy supports such as allowing time for exercise during the work day, environmental supports such as an onsite exercise facility or other visible area to be physically active, social support and motivational messaging, and educational resources to help employees understand how to utilize these benefits to improve their health.

For the greatest success in reducing risks for chronic disease and other health concerns, current literature recommends multi-component (i.e., more than one activity) worksite interventions aimed at changing employees' dietary habits, physical activity level, and attitude about being physically active. Specifically, interventions combining instruction on healthier eating with a structured approach to increasing physical activity in the worksite setting seem to be most effective in impacting obesity, overweight and other risk factors for chronic disease.

Implementing all components of a comprehensive physical activity initiative simultaneously can be difficult and resource intensive. Instead, begin implementing the activities below as you are able and work towards a comprehensive program.

Evidence-Based Activities
  3.1 Increase Social Support for Physical Activity (Low Resource Demand)
3.2 Allow Time During Workday for Exercise (Low Resource Demand)

3.3 Implement Individually Adapted Physical Activity Behavior Change Program (Low Resource Demand)
3.4 Increase Access to Facilities and Areas for Physical Activity (Low Resource Demand)
3.5 Provide Point of Decision Prompts for Physical Activity (Low Resource Demand)
Other Promising and Innovative Activities to Consider
  3.6 Increase Access to Available Showers/Changing Rooms (Low Resource Demand)

3.7 Provide Education and Resources for Using Public/Alternative Transportation including Resources for Identifying Safe Routes for Biking and/or Walking to Work (Low Resource Demand)

3.8 Provide Bike Racks (Low Resource Demand)

3.9 Encourage Participation in Recreational Sports and Leagues (Low Resource Demand)

3.10 Promote Discount Memberships at Community Fitness Centers/Gyms (Low Resource Demand)

3.11 Implement Behavior Change Programs That Reward Physical Activity (Moderate Resource Demand)
  • GetFitTexas! – Get Fit Texas Program/Governor’s State Agency Challenge. Challenges state employees to complete 150 minutes of exercise per week for six weeks.
  • TEXERCISE is a statewide fitness campaign, developed by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to educate and involve older Texans and their families in physical activities and proper nutrition. The TEXERCISE campaign promotes activity among individuals, as well as community events and policies that support fitness in all life areas. Texercise resources and materials can be easily implemented in worksite settings.
  • Five A Day – Five A Week Challenge is a four week program designed to motivate participants to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day, participate in a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity per day, five days per week, and do five activities per week that reduce one’s stress level.
  • Lighten Up Texas – An eight-week behavior change program that awards points for safe weight loss, through physical activity and dietary changes. Participants form teams for this friendly competition that encourages healthier minds and bodies.
  • Maintain - No Gain – A six-week weight management program designed to help participants gain no more than two pounds during the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year’s) through good eating habits and being physically active most days of the week throughout the holiday season.
  • Skyscraper Climb – Challenges participants to increase physical activity by taking the stairs. The goal of this self-paced program is for participants to climb the number of flights of stairs in 11 of the tallest buildings in the U.S. When they complete the Skyscraper Climb, participants will have climbed a total of 869 flights!
3.12 Provide On-site Fitness Classes (Moderate Resource Demand)

3.13 Provide On-site Facilities and Areas for Physical Activity (Moderate Resource Demand)
3.14 Encourage Physical Activity Breaks and Walk-and-Talk Meetings (Low Resource Demand)

Physical Activity Activities Developed by Other States and Federal Agencies
  Physical Activity Resources from the CDC Healthier Workplace Initiative

Physical Activity Recommendations from the CDC Community Guide
1. Preventive Health Screenings and Services
2. Tobacco Prevention and Cessation
3. Physical Activity
4. Healthy Eating
5. Stress Management (includes EAP)
6. Improve Support for Breastfeeding Mothers
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