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Tips for Implementing Healthy Vending Options
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 New Resource for Employers!  
Steps to Wellness: A Guide to Implementing the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in the Workplace

Curious about Health Risk Assessments?   Overview and options here.

Check out what these local companies are doing with wellness. 

Why and How to Implement a Health and Wellness Program for Your Employees

National Resources for Health and Wellness

Videos and Media

Work Healthy in the News

March 7, 2012  New Work Healthy Initiative in Lynchburg

March 8, 2012  Work It, Lynchburg

 

Lactation support

Lactation support is not simply a health issue, it is a business issue.    Since breastfed babies are healthier, employees who are encouraged and allowed to continue breastfeeding have fewer sick days (for mothers and fathers) due to illness of the baby, lower overall health care costs, and a significant increase in employee loyalty.  Breastfed babies are also up to 30% less likely to be overweight or obese as adults; support for lactation now will result in a healthier community (and workforce) in the next generation.

Federal law mandates support for lactating employees.  Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) which amended Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act, “Employers are required to provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk.” Employers are also required to provide “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that mothers give their babies nothing but breastmilk for the first 6 months of life and to continue giving breastmilk for at least 1 year or longer.  The evidence overwhelmingly shows that the powerful boost of this nutrition to an infant’s immune system helps lower the risk of many common childhood infections.  This is especially important for working parents whose infants are in childcare centers, where babies are at greater risk for illness.  Research also shows that the longer a woman is able to breastfeed, the more she reduces her risk of diseases such as diabetes, breast cancer and osteoporosis.  

BFBThe US Dept of Health and Human Services provides a resource for employees seeking to establish lactation support called The Business Case for Breastfeeding, which is a comprehensive program designed to educate employers how supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace can increase employee retention, reduce absenteeism, and decrease significantly health care and insurance costs.  The Business Case for Breastfeeding can help you create a breastfeeding-friendly worksite and achieve an enviable  return on your investment.   It provides specific instructions to help employers provide worksite lactation support. 

A lactation room needs to have space for a chair and a flat surface to place the pump.  An electrical outlet is preferred.  A lock on the door is not required, but privacy must be ensured.  Although not required by law, the following are recommended: a sink, a small refrigerator, and a bullitin board for artwork, baby photos, or announcements.  

 A variety of signage options are easily available: ADA compliant, stickers or magnets

Local resource to assist a company establish lactation support: Central Virginia Lactation Consultants

 

 

Tobacco Free Business

An American Productivity Audit found that tobacco use was a leading cause of worker lost production time — more than alcohol abuse or family emergencies.
Policies establishing smoke-free environments are the most effective way to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke.

Check out the CDC’s online toolkit for how to implement a tobacco-free campus (TFC) initiative that includes a policy and comprehensive cessation services for employees.

Chamber of Commerce

Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance exists to strengthen member businesses and stimulate regional prosperity through advocacy efforts to protect free enterprise and has been nationally recognized for its Leadership Lynchburg program.