EJGH@Work programs can be used to assess the overall health of employees, target areas for improvement, provide screenings or implement health and wellness programs. Any of these lifestyle assessments and solutions can be executed individually or in combination with great success.
Some of the best results have come from long-term, comprehensive health and wellness programs that EJGH@Work has developed through corporate partnerships. Sustained partnerships allow our staff to make initial assessments and develop specialized programs for optimum fitness, nutrition and disease control and prevention. Over time, we can chart progress and identify improvement and areas of concern. Your company's plan for wellness may then be modified to grow with the evolving needs of your employees.
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Fire fighters put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe and help us when we're in trouble. To do their jobs effectively, these men and women have to stay in top physical condition.
A new program, developed by the Jefferson Parish Fire Department and the Wellness Center, is designed to help the fire fighters help themselves. Called the Jefferson Parish East Bank Fire Department Wellness/Fitness Program, the initiative was designed to minimize illness and injury among firefighters.
"We realized a trend," says JPFD Public Information Officer George Rigamer. "There were too many preventable ailments and injuries."
Total fitness is important to a fire fighter because the job is not only physically demanding, but stressful as well. According to Rigamer, fire fighters are often required to transition quickly from low stress periods to critical and often dangerous situations. The Wellness Center was chosen to administer the program because its staff could offer not only strength training, but a complete fitness and wellness program.
The program starts with a comprehensive physical exam for every fire fighter. The exams include lab work and screening tests for a variety of health problems. Once they have passed the physical exam and received medical clearance to start the fitness program, a fitness test is administered to evaluate their current physical condition. Based on the test, each fire fighter is prescribed an individual exercise program designed to help him or her meet personal and professional goals. While the fire fighters aren't held to any specific benchmarks, the fitness test will be repeated annually to assess progress.
Health and Fitness
Each fire company will come to the Wellness Center at an assigned time. Together they'll work out for one hour each week. Allowing the fire fighters to exercise while they're on the clock means they can work out without sacrificing time with their families. They are, however, full Wellness Center members and can return to the center on their own time as they wish. Membership in the center is a part of the program and is offered at no cost to the fire fighters.
Workshops and Lectures
In addition to workouts, fire fighters can also take advantage of specialized educational programs on topics such as:
The fire fighters aren't the only ones learning. In order to create the optimum in health benefits and resources for the JPFD, The Wellness Center staff is studying fire fighting to learn more about the physical and emotional demands of the job. This helps them customize individual exercise prescriptions to address not only the fire fighter's goals, but the specific demands of his or her job as well.
The aim of the program is to improve quality of life for the fire fighters, but the East Bank community will also benefit from the program.
Maintaining safe vehicles is important to your business. But maintaining a healthy and productive workforce is important too. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were more than 5,000 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2007. The second highest rate of fatalities was in transportation and warehousing, second only to the construction industry.
Professional drivers are at higher risk than other industries for developing a number of health-related problems and conditions, including:
Poor nutritional habits
Drug and alcohol use
Back pain Stress
Lack of exercise
To ensure safety, drivers must meet all federal regulations for fitness and suitability to drive. Unfortunately, in many cases, the drivers fail to meet the health requirements of the job. That means lost wages for them and lost productivity for you.
Worksite wellness programs work
Worksite wellness programs provide you with a long-term answer for keeping employees well, productive, and continually on the job. When employees are healthier, the company benefits in many ways, such as:
Lower healthcare costs
Reduced lost time due to injury and illness
Greater employee satisfaction / retention
Every dollar invested in worksite wellness is returned to your company through less absenteeism, improved health habits and morale, lower medical costs and increased output from healthier employees.
East Jefferson General Hospital's Commercial Drivers' Wellness Program is designed specifically for drivers and their employers. Our focus is on the specific healthcare and performance needs of drivers.
We can help
EJGH@Work will establish a comprehensive program and provide you with the road map needed to improve the health and well being of your drivers. This individualized program will reduce healthcare costs by improving the health and wellness of your employees.
Each program will be designed specifically to meet your needs, but all of our programs include the following components:
The Lafarge Concrete Company is very proactive when it comes to the health of its employees. In fact, they offer free health screenings and online assistance to their employees. Their goal is to improve overall health and reduce the risk of preventable illnesses such as hypertension, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and nutrition related health problems.
Keith Odinet, General Manager of Lafarge North America and Kim Edwards, Accounting Supervisor, teamed up to take additional steps to improve the health of their employees. Odinet and Edwards, in an effort to support the Lafarge Wellness Iniative and improve participation by their staff, partnered with the Corporate Wellness Department of East Jefferson General Hospital to develop a health and wellness strategy.
Based on aggregate data collected from the cholesterol screens, a series of educational programs including nutritional counseling, healthy lectures and an interactive weight management program were developed.
The Lafarge Wellness Program was designed to meet the needs of everyone, including drivers, support staff, and office personnel. To accomplish this goal, early morning and afternoon sessions were offered onsite to ensure accessibility to each employee.
Also, unique to this program was the accessibility to the Corporate Wellness Team at EJGH as a resource for health-related questions that most people have, but seldom have the opportunity to ask.
All employees were given the option to participate in an individual nutritional consultation with a Registered Dietician. The nutritional consultations were designed to educate individuals on the principles of sound nutrition and to motivate participation. Edwards explained, " Individual sessions will help out employees get a jump start on the new program." The consultations were provided onsite at Lafarge to ensure accessibility and compliance. The program was an overwhelming success with approximately 55 individuals participating in the offering.
In June 2008, Lafarge partnered with EJGH to address high blood pressure, a growing concern among their drivers and staff. A successful lecture series was implemented to increase awareness of high blood pressure, its cause and how to manage and prevent this illness. Building upon the previous program in 2008, healthy lectures were included as part of the regular monthly safety meetings. The lecture topics addressed key health concerns including nutrition, weight management, exercise, stress management, and sleep apnea. In addition, the lectures allowed time for employees to ask health-related questions to our team of Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dieticians and Respiratory Therapists.
Sleep Disorders Lecture
Sleep apnea is a growing concern for the commercial driving industry, especially for those who perform shift work. To address these concerns, the final lecture of the year included a discussion on the topic of sleep disorders and who was at risk for developing sleep problems. After the presentation, employees completed the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, which is used to help identify those who are at risk for sleep apnea. This information was well received, as each participant had the opportunity to ask questions and explore their individual risks for sleep apnea.
2009 Lafarge Fit Club Challenge
A unique weight loss program was initiated to help motivated individuals interested in weight loss and to foster increased awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace and at home.
Employees were encouraged to form team of at least three or as individuals. The objective was simple: lose 10% of your collective group weight or individual weight over a 10-week period to win a cash prize.
Participants received e-mail or telephonic wellness coaching as well as weekly exercise reminders and nutritional recipes to help keep them on track.
There were several teams who lost a combined weight of 268 lbs., which is an average of 8.8 pounds per participant! The winning team was "The Pretenders" who lost 6.7% of their collective weight or a total of 41 lbs. The overall individual winner was Daniel Kinser, who lost a total of 31 lbs, 14% of his total body weight. Larry Barnett and Julie Kenny were the second and third place winners with weight losses equal to 21 lbs. and 15.5 lbs, respectively.
Weight-loss contests are the bread and butter of popular reality TV shows like "The Biggest Loser," "Weighing In" and "Celebrity Fit Club." Some viewers have been fascinated by the dramatic, on-screen transformations. As a result, several individuals have tried to plan, organize, and implement a similar competition in their worksite. However, the planning and implementation of a weight-loss program is challenging and can result in little to no success.
EJGH@Work can provide you with the tools, materials, and resources necessary to achieve a successful weight loss challenge at your workplace. The program design has been shown to produce results. The health and fitness professionals will not only provide knowledge and education, but they will also provide the motivational factor that can make or break a weight loss program.
What is the Fit Club Challenge?
The Fit Club Challenge is a turnkey program designed to promote healthy lifestyles to employees. The two biggest contributing factors in unhealthy employees are poor food choices and lack of activity. The Fit Club Challenge provides a fun, interactive, and competitive method of promoting healthy eating and activity in your company.
The Fit Club Challenge Program will help:
Achieve sensible weight loss
Reduce the risks associated with being overweight
Enjoy the camaraderie of working with others for a common goal
Improve or increase moral in the company Improve the employee's self-esteem and outlook on life
The Fit Club Challenge Program was provided to the employees at East Jefferson General Hospital. There were over 170 male and female employees who participated in the competition. After the program was completed, over 800 pounds were lost as a whole. Within that group of participants, there were several significant success stories. Almost 85% of the participants achieved a weight loss goal of 5% or more.