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1 Leadership Support of Healthier Food Options at Work Celebrations The foundation of a wellness program is strong senior level support.

2 Mission: Reduce chronic conditions associated with tobacco use, physical activity, and nutrition. Vision: Employees and family members avoid tobacco, eat nutritiously, engage in adequate levels of physical activity, achieve and maintain a healthy weight, blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood glucose, and experience improved mental health.

3 Wellness Program Goals: Prevent, detect, and reduce modifiable risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory diseases, and arthritis. Create a healthy worksite culture. Build wide support and collaboration. Evaluate and continuously improve initiatives.

4 Organization leaders don’t want health advice, they want economic advice. – Dee Edington, PhD, Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan C ity and Participating Government leaders are beginning to realize that workplace wellness programs are a wise investment to combat rising health care costs and to improve employee health.

5 The Financial Impact of Improved Health Behaviors Cost of unhealthy habits to EMPLOYER: The majority of conditions driving the City’s and Participating Government Entities’ healthcare costs from October 2010 to September 2011 were obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking. Source: Presbyterian Health Plan, February 2012 Obesity has been linked with reduced worker productivity and chronic absence from work. Delaying the onset of diabetes can save thousands of dollars annually in increased medical costs. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States Source: Addressing the Nation’s Leading Killers: At a Glance 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

6 FY12 Medical Insurance Premium was $74.8 million for City of Albuquerque and Participating Government Entities, or $707 average per employee per month. –Aon, City of Albuquerque Insurance Quarterly Report, 8/20/12

7 FY12 All Employer and Employee Monthly Contributions to Medical Premium $707 Average Per Employee Per Month Governmental BodiesEmployer Paid 80% Employee Paid 20% City of Albuquerque Bosque Farms Bernalillo County Water Authority MRGCD Town of Edgewood Village of Tijeras Village of Cuba Town of Mountainair Town of Bernalillo Police

8 FY12 All Employer and Employee Monthly Contributions to Medical Premium $707 Average Per Employee Per Month Governmental BodiesEmployer Paid 70% Employee Paid 30% Sandoval County Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Village of Corrales

9 FY12 All Employer and Employee Monthly Contributions to Medical Premium $707 Average Per Employee Per Month Governmental BodiesEmployer Paid 90% Employee Paid 10% City of Belen

10 FY12 All Employer and Employee Monthly Contributions to Medical Premium $707 Average Per Employee Per Month Governmental BodiesEmployer Paid 60% Employee Paid 40% Town of Cochiti Lake Village of San Isidro Town of Bernalillo (not Police)

11 FY12 All Employer and Employee Monthly Contributions to Medical Premium $707 Average Per Employee Per Month Governmental BodiesEmployer Paid 83% Employee Paid 17% Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority

12 Guidelines have been developed to demonstrate our commitment to Better Health 1.Make colorful fruits and vegetables half of all food offerings.* 2.Offer smaller portions of foods. 3.Offer foods low in solid fats, added sugars, and sodium. 4.Offer more whole-grain foods. 5.Make water more available. 6.Consider eliminating unnecessary snacks, such as candy dishes. *For information and tips about filling half your plate with fruits and veggies, visit FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org.

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14 Benefits of Healthier Food Choices with leadership support For the EMPLOYEE: Better Health! Job appreciation. Support for those trying to achieve and maintain their personal health goals. Increased energy. “If we don’t pay attention to establishing a supportive company culture, we are setting our employees up for failure.” –Dee Edington, PhD, Health Management Research Center, University of Michigan

15 Benefits of Healthier Food Choices with leadership support For the CITY of ALBUQUERQUE and covered ENTITIES: Healthier employees that feel they are valued. Good community role models. Work culture focused on long-term health & wellness. $2 saved for every $1 invested. Ron Goetzl, De-Mystifying ROI- What You Can Expect from Workplace Wellness Programs, News & Views, Wellness Councils of America, 2012

16 What employees are saying about the guidelines…  The change is welcome.  The guidelines need to be distributed widely and through a chain of command. (Directors to supervisors to staff)  Employees would like to see positive role modeling of healthy habits from supervisors and co-workers.  Employees appreciate encouragement, affirmation, and support.  Following the guidelines needs to be a team effort. One of the most important and magical ingredients leading to the success of worksite program is senior management commitment to employee health. –Ron Goetzl, De-Mystifying ROI- What You Can Expect from Workplace Wellness Programs, News 7 Views, Wellness Council of America, 2012.

17 Why will employees get involved in supporting these guidelines?  Relates to their personal health and family’s health goals  Senior management supports the guidelines.  The City of Albuquerque and Participating Government Entities care about employee health.

18 How Leadership Can Demonstrate Support  Announce the program. The most important aspect is not what the organization wants the employees to do, but why.  Be a good role model. Leaders do not have to be health nuts to help the wellness program succeed!  Set an example by participating in the BetterHealth program and community wellness activities.  Communicate the importance of healthier eating habits and physical activity through written correspondence, public addresses or presentations.

19 How Leadership Can Demonstrate Support  Ask your managers and supervisors to support their workers in becoming involved in the program.  Set department goals for success.  Provide feedback to all key people involved.  Make wellness experiences very positive and non-punitive.

20 Tools to support Healthier Food Options Posters Templates Guidelines

21 Produce for Better Health Foundation  Created in 1991 as a nonprofit health education foundation.  Encourages people to eat more fruits and vegetables to improve public health. Reminds consumers that the most important thing they can do is eat more fruits and veggies, regardless of whether they are fresh, frozen, canned, dried, or 100% juice.  Collaborates with government agencies, public health partners, educators, nonprofits, members of the fruit and vegetable industry, and other private organizations.  Offers a variety of marketing and nutrition education materials and resources through website, Facebook, Twitters, blogs, and online product catalog.

22 Fruits & Veggies–More Matters  Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® is the nation’s largest public-private, fruit and vegetable nutrition education initiative.  Through the consumer website, FruitAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org, PBH provides nutrition information about fruits and veggies; selection, storage, and preparation tips; healthy eating ideas; recipes; cooking videos; and so much more!  To learn more about these free online resources, visit Fruits & Veggies—More Matters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

23 Calling all social leaders!  Who organizes events in your office?  Who stocks your office with snacks?  Who delivers news for events and gatherings?  Who do employees share their office suggestions with? These are your social leaders and we would like to share these tools to support healthier food options with them. Please provide names of potluck organizers in your office!

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