One-day conference to offer a proven blueprint for building an employee wellness program

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present “Building a Healthy Workplace: A How-To Blueprint” in Weslaco, Laredo, Angleton, Corpus Christi and Victoria between April and June 2018.

Dr. Ninfa Peña-Purcell, an AgriLife Extension Health Specialist who specializes in workplace training programs and has more than 25 years of experience in the field, will discuss “It Pays to Promote Wellness,” to highlight the achievements of partner companies – both large and small - before training attendees on how to design their own custom wellness program.

Elaine K. Fries, Associate Director for Programs at the Corpus Christi Research and Extension Center, said the agency has offered a wide range of health and wellness programs to groups for many years, but that many employers don’t set an overall wellness strategy to ensure success.

“We recognized a need for a low-cost worksite wellness training that helps organizations tailor the programs to meet their needs and truly engages employees to produce measurable results,” Fries said.

Fries said employers can help their employees develop a greater knowledge and coping skills for various health issues through a variety of print materials and face-to-face and/or online programs.

In addition, the programming can help employees make improvements in their physical activity, healthy food consumption, weight loss and blood pressure, all of which can help reduce absenteeism and lower health care costs for the business, she said.

The “buffet” of wellness programs businesses can choose from includes Dinner Tonight, Walk Across Texas!, Step Up Scale Down, Health Talk Express – Lunch ‘N Learns, Master Wellness Volunteer Program, and Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes.

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