Worksite Wellness Resources For The Office of Public Health Employees
In an effort to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating, improve productivity, and boost a positive culture in our workplaces, the Office of Public Health is implementing a statewide wellness program for all employees. OPH360 will support you in improving your personal health through peer encouragement, educational opportunities and wellness activities. Wellness activities will focus on healthy eating, physical activity, tobacco cessation and mental health. Be on the lookout for emails from your Wellness Champions for upcoming events and activities.
Join our Facebook group to stay updated on all things OPH360! Your wellness champion will share what’s happening in your area there. Stay engaged and motivate your coworkers by sharing your healthy habits, recipes and successes.
Making small, healthy changes is easy when your community is also committed to health! Find health resources near you with the Community Resource Guide! You can find resources for different health topics here.
Is your child’s school a WellSpot? Use our Find WellSpots tool to learn more. What about your favorite lunch spot? Find out here!
Become a Wellness Champion
A Wellness Champion is a co-worker that volunteered to lead your region or location’s wellness activities. Have a question? Contact your Champion and shoot them an email. Our Wellness Champions include OPH employees who are committed to moving OPH’s health forward. Click here if you’d like to apply to become a Wellness Champion.
HIIT for Beginners
This workout is fast-paced but uses basic body movements. Crank up your music and feel good with this short workout. No equipment necessary!
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month
November is a time where organizations, healthcare providers, people with diabetes, caregivers, and other advocates rally to shine a spotlight on diabetes. This helps drive research, program awareness and implementation, and potentially even saves lives. This year’s theme is “Today’s Diabetes Hits Different”. The American Diabetes Association is recognizing how Today’s Diabetes Hits Different due to COVID-19, rising health costs, social inequities, and more.
Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes?
Prediabetes is a serious health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. Approximately 1 in 3 American adults have prediabetes and more than 80% don’t know they have it. You can prevent diabetes by doing the following:
- Know Your Risk. The key to diabetes prevention is knowing your risk. The diabetes risk test is a brief 7-question quiz that assesses an individual’s risk for developing diabetes. Take the prediabetes risk test at nowsthetimela.com
- Set a weight loss goal. If you are overweight, shedding just 5% of your weight can help reverse prediabetes.
- Make a nutrition plan for healthier eating.
- Choose non-starchy vegetables, fruits, lean protein, whole grains, and healthy fats more often.
- Limit your intake of processed foods, trans fat, sugary drinks, and alcohol.
- Keep moving. Our bodies are made to move, and we feel better when we do. Set a reasonable goal that works for you and gradually work up to being active at a moderate intensity at least 150 minutes per week (i.e. 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week).
- Track Your Progress. The best way to stick with your goals and keep building on them is to measure them. There are lots of free tracking apps for your phone or tablet. Good old-fashioned pen and paper work too. You can also try taking photos of everything you eat and drink to keep yourself accountable.
- Join the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
- The National DPP is an evidence-based lifestyle change program shown to reduce the risk of diabetes through weight loss and at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity. Participants are provided with a lifestyle coach, group support, a CDC evidence-based curriculum, and regularly scheduled meetings.
- To find a program near you visit: nowsthetimela.com
Live Well with Type 2 Diabetes!
Living with diabetes can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right strategies and support managing diabetes can get easier, giving you the opportunity to truly thrive. Improve your quality of life with diabetes by doing the following:
- Find Education and Support. Diabetes is complicated, and it takes practice to manage it in your everyday life. You may be wondering about eating balanced meals, engaging in safe physical activity, checking blood sugar, or giving yourself injectable medicines. Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) services help you with all these practical skills, whatever stage you’re in or what type of diabetes you have. You’re not in it alone! Find a local DSMES program here.
- Eat Well. Managing blood sugar is the key to living well with diabetes, and eating well is the key to managing blood sugar. But what does it mean to eat well? Simply put, eat healthy foods in the right amounts at the right times so your blood sugar stays in your target range as much as possible. Work with your dietitian or diabetes educator to create a healthy eating plan, and check out the resources in this section for tips, strategies, and ideas to make it easier to eat well.
- Get Active! If you have diabetes, being active makes your body more sensitive to insulin, which helps manage your diabetes. Physical activity also helps control blood sugar levels and lowers your risk of heart disease and nerve damage.
- Manage Blood Sugar. It’s important to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range as much as possible to help prevent or delay long-term, serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease.
- Prevent Diabetes Complications. Even though diabetes can lead to other health problems, you can prevent or delay these complications in many ways. Common diabetes health complications include heart disease, chronic kidney disease, nerve damage, and other problems with feet, oral health, vision, hearing, and mental health.
- Keep a Care Schedule. There’s a lot to do to manage diabetes, from daily care you do yourself to lab tests and visits with your health care team.
Have a Healthy Holiday Season
The holidays are full of family, friends, great food, and great memories. But they aren’t always compatible with a healthy lifestyle. When the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to get a little lax on the healthy eating and exercise that we typically maintain. Celebrate while sticking with your healthy habits this holiday season! Take time to eat well and move your body to help you feel your best. Check out these tips from the American Heart Association and Nutrition.gov to make your holiday season a healthy one. The Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES) has compiled a list of healthy holiday tips and recipes for people living with diabetes.
- Eat. Eat a variety of healthy foods including colorful fruits and veggies, lean protein, and healthy fats. Also be sure to utilize portion control.
- Drink. Drink as much water as you can and limit your alcohol intake.
- Move. Plan activities that don’t involve eating. Consider what new healthy traditions you can start this year. The possibilities are endless!
- Be Merry! At the end of the holidays, what you’ll treasure most is the love of friends and family! Enjoy!