HEALTHIEST MARYLAND BUSINESSES NEWSLETTER
Central Maryland Region
     
November, 2014
    
*New This Month*

       We welcome all businesses to join our Statewide movement to create a culture of wellness at work. 
       The benefits of joining are numerous:
  • Access to the Healthiest Maryland Businesses newsletter;
  • Consultation with certified worksite wellness personnel; 
  • Educational training events and forums;
  • Technical assistance on how to design and implement strategic wellness programs;
  • Direct connection to evidence-based workplace wellness resources;
  • Peer-to-peer support from neighboring businesses; and
  • Recognition as a member of this statewide initiative.
       To join, all it takes is signing a letter of commitment found here and completing a short survey found at this

       We hope you will join the ever growing list of businesses joining Healthiest Maryland Businesses!


          ***Does your business need assistance providing health insurance for your employees 

and their families? The Door to HealthCare provides free help choosing affordable, quality health 

coverage through Maryland Health Connection. Starting November 9, visit www.marylandhealthconnection.gov . Compare plans on a new on-line system throughout 

open enrollment, November 15 - February 15.***

 November is American Diabetes Month

 (Data from the National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2014)


Aggregate data from employee health plans typically ranks diabetes in the top five health concerns. Consider these statistics and how integrating diabetes education in your employee wellness program might affect your bottom line. 
  • Prevalence: In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3% of the population, had diabetes.
  • Undiagnosed: Of the 29.1 million, 21.0 million were diagnosed, and 8.1 million were undiagnosed.
  • Prevalence in Seniors: The percentage of Americans age 65 and older remains high, at 25.9%, or 11.8 million seniors (diagnosed and undiagnosed).
  • New Cases: The incidence of diabetes in 2012 was 1.7 million new diagnoses/year.
  • Prediabetes: In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes.
  • Deaths: Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the United States.

 The following are some resources for programming:

For assistance in locating additional resources, please email psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org. 

SPOTLIGHT ON THE REGION 

 

 

The Y of Central Maryland has 12 family center Y's and 6 preschools across the Central Maryland Region.  In addition, the Y operates Head Start programs in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and provides Before and After School Enrichment programming during the school year and summer camp during the summer months in five counties and Baltimore City.  They show commitment to employee health and wellness by funding a full time Wellness Manager. Here's how it works:

                                                    

 

Program Description

  •  Strong support was obtained from upper management
  •  A specific position was created  for a Wellness Manager
  •  An activity budget was supplied 
  •  Wellness Champions are sought  in each location and work to engage staff in programming
  •  Healthiest Maryland Businesses (HMB) designation was achieved to further show commitment to  employee health and wellness
  •  American Heart Association Fit Friendly Gold level was awarded in 2014
  •  A needs/interest assessment was offered to staff at the beginning of the program
  •  Whenever possible, employee ideas are integrated into programming
  •  Wellness Week in 2014 included wellness fairs at 6 different family centers and offered screenings as  well as health information and referrals for employees.
  •  A Staff Triathlon brought 10 teams of 3 to one of the family centers to compete for fun in the name of  wellness
  •  Lunch-and-Learns are offered periodically
  •  Three fall staff hikes are planned
  •  A weekly "Wednesday Wellness" newsletter highlights current programmatic offerings as well as  relevant health related information
  •  Policies and programs are always under review
  •  Healthy meeting policy is being considered

Resources

  • Management  recognize the importance of employee health and wellness thus make available funding for activities and programs
  • Management of the program is through a dedicated full time staff person and Wellness Champions  that have been identified so far

Evaluation

  • An open door policy is in effect and staff feels free to comment, in person, on wellness activities and programming
  • Participation rates in different program offerings
  • Healthcare costs are being reviewed to determine savings for those participating in wellness programs
  • Access to aggregate claims data allows the planning committees to target programming to top health concerns

For more information on the Y of Central Maryland's wellness efforts, please contact Diana Beeson at

Dianabeeson@ymaryland.org  

 

If you would like your wellness program highlighted in this newsletter, please contact psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SERVICES AND EVENTS

Maryland Calendar of Events offers numerous opportunities throughout the 
Central Maryland region. For offerings in November, please visit 
 
Maryland University of Integrative Health has unique programs to offer your employees. 
To see what's being offered, visit www.muih.edu/calendar-grid/2014-11

The Door to Healthcare
is open to you and your employees
 as circumstances change regarding  health insurance. For information on how the Door to Healthcare can help, click here
 
Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) offers many free resources. 
For a list, please visit www.welcoa.org/freeresources/.

Volunteer opportunities are available year-round. Consider a team-building activity at your business. 
Locate activities in your area through the following sites:

Anne Arundel County:  www.aacvc.org/ 

Baltimore County and City, Carroll County:  www.volunteermatch.org/ 

Harford County:  www.harfordcountymd.gov/volunteer/index.cfm?ID=2774 

Howard County:  www.volunteerhoward.org/ 


November Health Observances

American Diabetes Month  www.diabetes.org

COPD Awareness Month  www.lung.org 

Diabetic Eye Disease Month  www.preventblindness.org 

Lung Cancer Awareness Month  www.lung.org 

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month  www.alz.org 

National Family Caregivers Month  www.thefamilycaregiver.org 

National Healthy Skin Month  www.aad.org 

National Hospice Palliative Care Month  www.nhpco.org 

National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month  www.nostomachforcancer.org 

 

This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only.
Inclusion in this newsletter does not imply endorsement by 
Healthy Howard, Inc. or the Howard County Health Department.
For information on this newsletter and Healthiest Maryland Businesses, email psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org or call 410-313-6268.