WorkWell

WorkWell

WorkWell Lawrence promotes wellness policies and practices in workplaces with a focus on physical activity, nutrition and tobacco use. WorkWell welcomes participation from employers, human resources and worksite wellness professionals interested in improving the health of workers in Douglas County. To get involved, please contact us at info@livewelllawrence.org or (785) 843-3060.

Given that adults spend about half of their waking hours on the job, worksites provide an optimal opportunity to initiate and support a healthy lifestyle. Research has shown that habits formed in the workplace will carry over into the home. We’re working with Douglas County employers to help develop and implement policies and programs that promote physical activity, nutrition and tobacco-free living.

Work Group Strategy and Opportunities*

Strategy: Assure opportunities for healthy eating at work.
Opportunities for Community Action
  1. Develop and implement a communications strategy to promote workplace wellness as economic development and to build community buy-in
  2. Develop a public recognition program for employers who promote healthy eating at work
  3. Recruit employee champions to advocate for implementation of worksite policies promoting healthy food/ beverages options and opportunities for physical activity
  4. Implement policies and practices in Douglas County worksites supporting healthy eating and physical activity (e.g., implementing best practices, creating flex time, sponsorship of local physical activity events, limiting unhealthy options in vending machines, catering, and cafeterias)
Strategy: Encourage active living at work.
Opportunities for Community Action
  1. Develop and implement a communications strategy to promote workplace wellness as economic development and to build community buy-in
  2. Develop a public recognition program for employers who promote active living at work
  3. Recruit employee champions to advocate for implementation of worksite policies promoting healthy food/ beverages options and opportunities for physical activity
  4. Implement policies and practices in Douglas County worksites supporting healthy eating and physical activity (e.g., implementing best practices, creating flex time, sponsorship of local PA events, limiting unhealthy options in vending machines, catering, and cafeterias)

*Strategy and Opportunities for Community Action identified in the Douglas County Community Health Plan.

Resources

Lawrence is a state leader for WorkWell KS

WorkWell Shared Documents

CSA Toolkit

Work group members

Laurie Comstock, Chair, KU Endowment
Megan Stuke, Chair-elect, Ballard Center
Linda Koester-Vogelsang, Past-chair, Douglas County District Court
TBD, Communications Coordinator
Susan Johnson, WorkWell Director, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County
Carolyn Crawford, WorkWell Coordinator, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County
Aynsley Anderson, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Karen Baucom, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
Peggy Beecher, United Way of Douglas County
Jeanette Byers, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department
Kelly Calvert, The World Company
Lori Carnahan, City of Lawrence
Julie Clouse, Douglas County
Gwen Denton, Douglas County Bank
Janet Donner, McDonalds of Lawrence
Krissy Dye, Kansas Athletics
Cassie Gilmore, Wellness Innovations and Nursing Services
Zack Hamlin, The Merc Co-op (The Community Mercantile, Inc.)
Haley Harrington, Health Care Access Clinic
Nikki Ingersoll, Health Care Access Clinic
Suzanne Kerich, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority
Heather Krase-Minnick, Douglas County District Court
Diane Lewis, Lawrence Journal-World
Tasha Lower-Zeikle, Visiting Nurses
Janelle Martin, Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Mary Jo Mason, Hy-Vee Lawrence #2 6th Street
Mary McKenzie, Kathy Perkins, LLC
Jennifer Osborn, Lawrence Public Schools (USD497)
Kaitlyn Peine, K-State Research and Extension-Douglas County
Sarah Plinsky, Douglas County
Frank Reeb, Kansas Athletic Department
Ben Saathoff, University of Kansas Recreation Services
Tara Sayler, Visiting Nurses
Micki Self-Loveland, Cottonwood, Inc.
Lydia Shontz, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center
Tricia Smith, Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Angie Sommer, Allen Press
Janet Spring, DCCCA, Inc.
Verdell Taylor, St. Luke AME Church / Lawrence Memorial Hospital / Christian Psychological Services
Sally Trujillo, Cottonwood, Inc.
Jill Urkoski, University of Kansas Recreation Services
Nina Van Schmus, Cottonwood, Inc.
Judy Wedermyer, KU Endowment
Last updated: 1/28/2015

LiveWell Lawrence works to make it easier for Douglas County, Kansas, residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free.

Contact information:

200 Maine St., Suite B
Lawrence, KS. 66044
info@livewelllawrence.org
Phone: (785) 843-3060

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