183844 Moving toward Healthier Habits in the Workplace

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Willie Watts-Troutman, RN, PHN, BSN , Immunization Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Indiana Gabbidon, RN, PHN, MSN , County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Immunization Program, Los Angeles, CA
Idriss Fassassi, MPH , County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Immunization Program, Los Angeles, CA

November 2006, two Public Health Nurses (PHNs) with Los Angeles County (LAC) Immunization Program (IP) established the Worksite Wellness Program (WWP) for the staff, which models the LAC Physical Activity and Nutrition Task Force recommendations. The WWP was implemented with objectives to improve fitness, and promote healthier workplace habits. Foods at meetings are high in unhealthy fats, sodium, and sugar. LAC Health Survey reports 55% of adult populations is overweight or obese. Physical Activity (PA) and Overweight/Obesity are the top Healthy People 2010 public health indicators in the United States. National publications indicate, healthy employees have increased cognitive function/productively, and reduced stress.


The WWP PHN Coordinators motivated the workforce into healthier lifestyles. During March 2007 all-staff meeting presenting healthy nutritional habits/safe PA guidelines to 79.2% of employees. The June survey assessed the WWP implementation and reported increases: 33.3% PA, 42.7% fruits/veggies, 28% portion size controlled, 17.7% daily water recommendations, and 52 % desired overhead announcements/computer flash messages encouraging PA breaks. Coordinators provided benefits of seasonal fruits, healthy snacks, and 10-minute PA workout. Collaboration with fundraiser committee to provide a low-calorie/low-fat nutritious luncheon emphasizing portion size, low-sugar beverage and water. Other efforts to promote healthier behaviors include, organized a walking/running club, and collaboration with the Regional Nutrition Network Be Active/5 a Day, PA/Nutrition Programs, LAC Workforce Wellness, and the UCLA Working Research Project. Barriers to WWP participation are other commitments, timing/inconveniences.


The PHN WWP Coordinators will assess the learning objectives quarterly and analyze the LAC Immunization Program's progress.

Learning Objectives:
1.By December 2010, the outcome objective is to increase healthier behaviors in the workplace by 20%. 2.Identify barriers associated with implementation of the Worksite Wellness Program.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: N/A

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a Registered Nurse-PHN Consultant with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Immunization Program
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.