So far in 2019, this clients’ program included a range of initiatives, tailored to their identified risks of their workforce and their logistics/environment. It includes:
Monthly toolbox talks / education topics
Health Risk Appraisals (allowing us to gain insights into health behaviour items such as alcohol intake, physical activity, sleep, mental health and caffeine intake trends)
Heart health testing: cholesterol, glucose, waist to hip ratio and blood pressure
Injury prevention testing: posture assessments, hamstring flexibility testing, dynamic balance and ankle mobility
Monthly coaching with a re-measurement of the main identified risk area
Overarching theme topics have included Heart Health, Excessive Sugar Intake, Warm up for Work and Energy Management.
An average total of 80% of the total workforce have participated in the program so far 2019 and 94% of the total workforce are making changes to their lifestyle to improve their main health risk identified.
Risk progression - why is it important?
Our main aim is to ensure we are assisting employees to continually progress along a path of behaviour change; from being interactively engaged in the program, to making behaviour changes relating to their main risk area, then ultimately achieving measured risk change (ie. moving from a high risk blood glucose category to moderate or low risk, thus reducing their risk of diabetes and greatly improving quality of life, and health and safety at work).
It is through the various program components including workshops, onsite coaching, health promotion material, testing and interactive displays, that these employees have been engaged and provided the support required to reach their health goals and make these risk range changes.
What is behaviour change and why is it important?
Behaviour change is the first step toward achieving health and injury risk re-education. Behaviour change represents he number of the total workforce who have begun to implement positive actions and have changed behaviours in relation to their individual goal. This goal is always linked to the individuals main risk area. This is often, but not always, a measured change which would set them on a path to measured change in the future (ie. moving from high risk blood pressure to low or moderate risk - which then has even bigger flow on effects to their overall heart health). Currently, 258 total behaviour changes have been made across the total workforce!
Some specific highlights from this workforce include the following stories:
One employee has increased the number of bike riding sessions he is completing per week to increase his fitness enough for racing later this year. Since increasing these sessions, he has lost 2kg. He has decreased his blood pressure from the medium risk category to the low risk category. He has also told us that when he is climbing up and down equipment at work he no longer gets as “puffed out”!
It has taken a few years to convince this particular employee, who has now changed his diet by cutting out take-away meals and reducing his fat intake. In doing so, he has reduced his blood sugar levels and cholesterol which is now in the low-risk category. His blood pressure has also stabilised following a check up with his GP. This is a fantastic turnaround for this employee - and he is thrilled with the changes. He reports feeling overall much better about himself!
Aren’t these results amazing?! How good would it be if these were the results and stories of your own workforce! If you are ready for this to happen - get in touch with us today. Why wouldn’t you?!