May is a great time to...
- Sponsor a worksite skin cancer screening
- Sponsor a worksite blood pressure screening
- Sponsor a worksite wellness fair
- Make plans for a worksite herb garden
- Schedule a Walking Rally
Planning a Wellness or Health Fair?
If you are planning a wellness fair at your facility, check out the Department of Administration's Guidelines for information regarding vendors.
Plan a Walking Rally
Team up with other agencies in your area and sponsor a Walking Rally. It's fun and easy!
Free Health Matters Resources
- Posters. Download and print wellness posters to promote Health Matters, Stairwells, Handwashing, Flu Prevention, Colon Cancer Prevention, Skin Cancer Prevention, Stroke Awareness and more.
- Bookmarks. Great health reminders; three new designs; free. Order for your employees: email Health Matters and include your office mailing address.
- New Employee Orientation 5x7 Cards. Be proactive. Include this wellness resource as part of your employee orientation program. Download and print the double-sided document in color or B&W. Apple and/or Meadow
Just need a few? email Health Matters
- Medication & Supplements Wallet Cards. Can't remember which supplements you take or how many milligrams your medication is? Keep track on this handy card; free. Order for your employees: email Health Matters and include your office mailing address.
- Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Materials - free posters, flyers, brochures from Idaho's Department of Health & Welfare. Order them online.
Network of Care Idaho
Check out this new resource sponsored through Idaho's Public Health Districts. The site is for individuals, families, and agencies concerned with public health. It is rich with information and resources including a library, links to organizations, and a personal health record you can complete and store securely. Read more...
Are you thinking about making your workplace tobacco-free? Need some help with policy templates, cessation resources, and free signage? Read more about Central District Health's FREE resources.
Consumer Online Health Resources
Looking for a health topic for a wellness meeting or a health resource for your employees? Check out the online Health Information, Consumer Health Complete through the Idaho Commission for Libraries at LiLi.org. It's free and offers everything from fact sheets to videos to images and diagrams.
Additional health and wellness resources are available on the Blue Cross of Idaho website.
Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Idaho
HEAL Idaho is a voluntary network of organizations, agencies, businesses, and individuals committed to creating an environment where all Idahoans have access to healthy food options and opportunities to be physically active. Check out the resources!
Make the healthy choice the easy choice! Check out the Stairway Initiative Kit. It’s one of the best and most affordable ways to incorporate physical activity into your organization. Go to Activate Stairway Initiative to get started or contact Anjie Knickrehm, Activate Treasure Valley Director, in Boise at 208-344-5502, x225 or email Anjie.sponsored by the Treasure Valley YMCA. It’s easy to get started in your agency or building. The program is based on a simple idea. Instead of taking the elevator or escalator, try taking the stairs. Check out the
Online Resource Guide for Worksites, Produce for Better Health Foundation
To support your agency's wellness program, the Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) offers great online tools and materials you can use to improve the health and well-being of your employees. Check it out!
In addition, there is a great resource for Parents and Guardians.
Why Wellness - Why Now?
Use this PowerPoint with your manager, director, or administrator to jump start the discussion about the value of workplace wellness. It's a great way to get things started. Request the PowerPoint...
Wellness Program Participant Agreement
If your agency has ongoing wellness activities, exercise classes, or is sponsoring a one-time wellness event, consider having employees sign a participant agreement. The sample participant agreement* can be used to cover a variety of wellness activities/events over an extended period of time.
* This sample was provided by Idaho’s Office of the Attorney General; customize it to meet your needs by working with your agency's Deputy Attorney General, or with the Office of the Attorney General, Contracts & Administrative Law Division: 208-334-2400.
National Health Observances
Searching for specific monthly health observance information? Health observances are special days, weeks, or months used to raise awareness of important health topics. Check out the National Health Observance Calendar. Resources include dates, sponsoring organizations, and contact information.
Agency Coordinator’s Role
If one of your many duties is wellness coordination or serving as the wellness contact for your agency, the Health Matters website is a resource for you. As you start a program be sure it fits with your agency’s culture, resources, budget, and goals. An agency wellness program can be as simple as sending occasional emails to employees connecting them with existing resources, or it can be as structured as running a workplace fitness challenge. As a champion for wellness, your role is to keep employee health and wellness visible. Read more about the scope and mission of wellness.
Workplace Wellness SpeakersBefore you make that call to invite a wellness speaker into your agency, consider the information in this checklist:
- Is the topic relevant to your employees?
- Is the speaker known to you; do you know that the person’s information is credible?
- Obtaining speakers through larger national (e.g., Red Cross, American Cancer Society) or local/regional (Idaho Financial Literacy Coalition, local hospitals) venues can lend credibility, be more cost efficient, and may prevent you from appearing to support one private business over another in your community.
- Ask the speaker to discuss a specific topic; ask the speaker not to emphasize their business in ways that appear to promote personal gain. Remind the speaker of this agreement again prior to the class.
- Let your speaker know something about the audience he/she will be addressing, e.g., age, gender, education level, type of work done by the agency, and participant expectations.
- When introducing the speaker to the group, include the remark: “This speaker’s views are his/her own and do not represent the views of this agency or of the State of Idaho”.
- Possible Speaker Topics