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RIT Employee Wellness Campaign - Committee Meeting Planning Notes

RIT Employee Wellness Campaign - Committee Meeting Planning Notes

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Notes - Brainstorming for the Employee Wellness Campaign Committee in association with Rochester Institute of Technology
Notes - Brainstorming for the Employee Wellness Campaign Committee in association with Rochester Institute of Technology

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1
st
Committee Meeting
Brainstorming
1.
 
 Introduction
A.
 
How RIT has gotten to this point
 
 
Eat Well Live Well, other various programs and offerings, co-opresearch
B.
 
Where RIT is with wellness
 
Today there is no formal wellness program at RIT
 
Decentralized
o
 
Current offerings scattered
o
 
Communications aren’t coordinated
 
C.
 
Why Wellness?
 
Studies have shown the best solution for dramatically improvinghealth is behavior changes
 
We’r 
e interested in actively contributing to making thesechanges in our community
 
Creating and sustaining employee wellness efforts is animportant part way to help move this culture change forward
 
This will position RIT as a true partner with employees,committed to helping them maintain a high-quality lifestylewhile achieving work/life balance
D. What we Know
 
Most illnesses can be avoided
 — 
80% do to lifestyle
 
The workweek has expanded (averages 47 hrs/week)
 
Employees’ stress levels are increasing
 
 
Wellness programs make economic sense
 — 
$3 return for every$1 spent and decreases in health care, d
isability, and workers’
compensation costs
 
Unhealthy employees can lead to disrupted or low productivity,increased employee benefit costs, absenteeism, turnover, andlow morale
 
It’s difficult for employees to independently adopt and maintain
a lifestyle that promotes health and wellness
 
1/3 of the workforce spends the majority of the day seated at adesk contributing to the possibility of repetitive stress injuries,back problems, and sedentary lifestyles
 
 
 2.
 
 Program Overview
A. Target Audience
 
All RIT faculty and staff 
A.
 
Overall Program Objectives
 
Create the belief that employees have the power to change theirhealth by changing their behavior
 
Encourage employees to take an active role in staying healthyand participating in the programs offered
 
Shift employee mindset to be receptive to, and ready for, a moreconsumer-driven health care environment
B.
 
General Program Strategies
 
 
Make the wellness effort personal in order to get employeescommitted to making changes and willing to take ownership formaking those changes happen
 
Promote simple changes in small steps that are easy to adopt
 
Tie in wellness events and information to the four seasons
 
Use a combined approach of wellness offerings
 3. Analysis
A.
 
Current RIT offerings
 
Fitness
o
 
Aquasize
o
 
Spinning
o
 
Golf 
o
 
Personal Trainers
 — 
Group training and 1:1
o
 
Yoga
o
 
Family Fitness
 —Children’s Swim and Learn to
Skate
 
Nutrition and Weight Management
o
 
Healthy vending options
o
 
No trans fat used in campus food service
 
Mental Health
o
 
Mindfulness Meditation offered in counselingcenter
o
 
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
 
 
Challenges/Events
o
 
Eat Well Live Well
 
Ergonomics
o
 
Individual assessments by appointment
o
 
Training offered 3x a year through CPD
o
 
Promoted in New Employee Orientation, BenefitsFair, NTID Professional Development Fair
 
Excellus offerings
o
 
Disease-Management-Health Coaching (Lowusage)
o
 
Healthy Living Programs online
  
 
Customized Program, Diet Manager, FitnessPlanner, Recipe Finder
  
 
Health Risk Assessment
  
 
Quit for Life Tobacco Cessation
 
Miscellaneous
o
 
Flu Shots
o
 
Blood Drives
o
 
Website in progress
B.
 
Challenges
 
How to communicate the importance of wellness to seniormanagement
 
Lack of awareness of current offerings
 
Self-doubt and lack of motivation among employees
 
Low participation (To slow the growth of spending on healthcare, a company needs to get an 80% participation rate)
 
Questions about privacy and discrimination
C. Guidelines
 
Keep it voluntary
 
Make available to all RIT faculty and staff 
 
State our goals early and our purposes clearly
 
Include a variety of components with different offerings
 
Reward, don’t penalize
 
 
Develop campaign to complement existing HR brand identities
 
Comply with state laws
 
Keep medical data secure

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