HEALTHIEST MARYLAND BUSINESSES NEWSLETTER
Central Maryland Region
     
September, 2014

 

*New This Month*

We are excited to offer this Forum to Maryland businesses! If you have not already registered, please consider joining us for information and resources to help you plan a meaningful health fair.

 

***Attending businesses (first 20 registered) who have joined Healthiest Maryland Businesses 

will receive an added incentive of a nutrition table top display to use in your wellness program.*** 

 

What:

How to Design, Implement and Evaluate a Meaningful Health Fair

You will experience a health fair with local, regional and state vendors and will 

receive a packet of resources to help you design a health fair in your own business. 

Vendors will represent all aspects of health including nutrition and fitness, 

financial health, specialty screenings and opportunities for 

educational classes and workshops.

 

When:

September 17, 2014

12 - 2 PM.  Lunch will be served.

 

Where:

The Meeting House

Oakland Mills Interfaith Center

5885 Robert Oliver Place

Columbia, MD 21045

 

RSVP:

Phyllis Smelkinson, 410-313-6268 or psmelkinson@healthyhowardmd.org.

Registration will close on September 10.

We hope to see you all there!

 

 Integrating Heart Attack and Stroke Information 

and Services in your Wellness Program  

 

 

Simple approaches to addressing signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and emergency response  in your workplace:

 

  • Check with your health insurance carrier for on-line educational opportunities
  • Visit reputable resources such as www.cdc.gov and www.heart.org for resources you can download to post or insert in a company newsletter
  • Have a functioning AED
  • Contact county government, educational institutions or your local hospital for CPR and emergency response trainings. The following is contact information so that you might offer these trainings to your staff:

Anne Arundel County  www.aacounty.org/fire/ems/learncpr.cfm#.U9ZVVeNdXWI

Baltimore County  www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/fire/fire_academy/cpr.html

Baltimore City  www.umaryland.edu/urecfit/safety_ed/ 

Carroll County  www.carrollhospitalcenter.org/educational-programs 

Harford County  www2.harford.edu/Schedule/U_noncrweb_CMS.asp?FA=&SelectionType=4&GroupChoice=CR  

Howard County  www.howardcountymd.gov/cpr.htm 

 

 


SPOTLIGHT ON THE REGION 
Bob's BMW Motorcycles
 
 
Bob's BMW Motorcycles is a company of less than 40 people and limited resources for a wellness program. They have made great use of free and low cost community resources and designed a program that grows each year. Here's how it works:

  

Program Description

 

  • Programming evolved after years of informally promoting wellness and supporting employee efforts
  • Staff included numerous smokers and many who were overweight
  • Management passes along resources from various sources, including the Healthiest Maryland businesses newsletter
  • They encourage regular health check-ups and provide an Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff weight loss challenges are held
  • Owners show support by participating in all programming
  • Healthy snacks are provided at staff meetings
  • Work schedules can be adjusted for employees to participate in outside health related activities
  • Employees  take advantage of opportunities offered
  • Employees show pride in achieving results such as quitting smoking or losing weight
  • Employees are open to new things such as healthy snacks at staff meetings
  • Programming is considered based on State Health ScoreCard categories

Resources

 

  • Startup costs were very little as they relied on free resources in the community
  • Ongoing costs relate mostly to time spent on keeping informed of opportunities
  • Program is run by owners
  • Time spent on getting the program started was only 1-2 hours of research and planning
  • Ongoing time spent managing the program is about 1-2 hours each month
  • Time and resources are limited but they do what they can!

 

Evaluation

 

  • Informally, they like providing new opportunities that enrich the lives of their employees
  • Informally, they like seeing the progress staff makes toward meeting their goals
  • They expect these changes to make an actual difference in our bottom line
  • Participation is not always what they would like to see thus staff interest surveys will be considered
  • Anecdotally, employees sometimes state that something they tried or learned through the program actually helped them make a positive change in their lives
  • They hope to document whether medical claims, absenteeism, productivity, disability, etc has been positively affected by their efforts

For more information on Bob's BMW Wellness program, contact Suzanne Henig at suzanne.henig@bobsbmw.com or 301-497-8949 x211.

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

COMMUNITY RESOURCES, SERVICES AND EVENTS
 

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/.

September Health Observances

Fruit and Veggies-More Matters Month   www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org  

Healthy Aging Month   www.healthyaging.net      

National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month   www.stopafib.org 

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month   www.coam-month.org

 National Food Safety Education Month   www.fightbac.org   

National ITP Awareness Month   www.pdsa.org 

National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month   www.headlice.org 

National Preparedness Month   www.ready.gov 

National Recovery Month   www.recoverymonth.gov 

National Sickle Cell Month   www.sicklecelldisease.org   

National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month   www.thejohnnyo.org 

National Yoga Awareness Month   www.yogamonth.org 

Newborn Screening Awareness Month   www.savebabies.org

 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month   www.whyteal.org   

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month   www.zerocancer.org    

Whole Grains Month   www.wholegrainscouncil.org 

World Alzheimer's Month   www.alz.co.uk/wam



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.