253684 Valley Preferred BeneFIT Toolkit

Monday, October 31, 2011: 10:30 AM

Carol Noel Michaels, MPH, MCHES , Health Services, Valley Preferred, Allentown, PA
Amanda Greene, BS, CHES , Valley Preferred, Allentown, PA
This session explores the development of the Valley Preferred BeneFITSM Toolkit, a step-by-step reference guide designed to assist small, medium, and large-sized employers with effectively designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating a comprehensive worksite health and wellness program. The concept for the Valley Preferred BeneFIT Toolkit was born from Valley Preferred business client requests for a standalone resource to guide and support worksite wellness efforts. Many business clients also seek consistent and cohesive guidance for reaching multiple company locations and for addressing diverse employee health needs. A variety of methods were employed to develop this resource, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and surveys, the results of which informed how the final product was organized, aesthetically designed, and expanded in content and resources. The BeneFIT Toolkit is designed to impact the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of corporate staff responsible for managing their company's worksite wellness program. While it can be used to implement worksite health programs on any health topic, the Toolkit does explain the importance of planning interventions that positively impact employee health behaviors in areas that most affect morbidity and health care costs in the United States: Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Self-Care, Stress Management, and Tobacco Use. Content material was developed to follow the tenets of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Prevention Framework and was reviewed by a team of Certified Health Education Specialists, Registered Nurses, and Physician Medical Directors for accuracy and plain language.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the methods and design techniques used to research and develop the BeneFIT Toolkit as a lay resource for executing worksite wellness programs 2. Summarize how the BeneFIT Toolkit guides the user to develop a comprehensive worksite wellness framework that is based on tenets of the USDHHS Strategic Prevention Framework

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am trained in community and public health and am a Master Certified Health Education Specialist who contributes to the development and evaluation of worksite health promotion programs; and who was directly involved in the concept, design, and production of the material that is the focus of the presentation topic.
Any relevant financial relationships? Yes

Name of Organization Clinical/Research Area Type of relationship
Valley Preferred Preferred Provider Organization that is aligned with Lehigh Valley Health Network Employment (includes retainer)

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.