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Courtney Davis: Local AgriLife Extension Service offers programs to help improve one's health

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Courtney Davis

Designed to help improve the health and wellness of people across the state through awareness, education and action, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service provides a host of health-based programs that can be tailored to any number of audiences. 

Courtney Davis
Courtney Davis

In 2018, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Denton County will be hosting a number of wellness programs specifically targeting worksites.

According to the Institute for HealthCare Consumerism (www.theihcc.com), studies show that worksite wellness programs can create a 28 percent reduction in absenteeism and sick leave, a 28 percent reduction in health costs and a 30 percent reduction in worker's compensation and disability costs. In addition, with a renewed focus on healthy living and healthy habits, employees have the potential to:

— Develop knowledge to better prevent or better manage chronic disease.

— Develop coping skills and support systems among co-workers, supervisors and family in an effort to prevent/manage disease or health issues.

— Gain access to health education in the form of print materials, face-to-face and/or online programs.

— Make improvements in physical activity, healthy food consumption, weight loss and blood pressure.

— Lower health care costs.

— Improve their quality of life.

All AgriLife Extension programs are research-based and contain unbiased information. Programs can be offered in-house by extension personnel or by trained employees from the worksite. Several programs are also offered online. Program options include Step Up Scale Down, Dinner Tonight!, Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes, Cooking Well with Diabetes, Health Talk Express (Lunch N Learn programs), Master Wellness Volunteers, Walk Across Texas! and more!

AgriLife Extension and Healthy Texas are hosting a special worksite wellness conference on January 16 at Great Wolf Lodge to bring together professionals from human resources, benefits, health care, insurance and safety or risk management to learn about what works and what doesn't, share resources and mingle with their peers over a networking lunch. Registration for the Building a Healthy Workplace: Research Meets Practice conference is currently available at worksitewellness.tamu.edu.

For more information on upcoming program dates or on other worksite wellness options, contact me at 940-349-2882 or cmdavis@ag.tamu.edu.

COURTNEY DAVIS is the family and consumer sciences county extension agent with Texas AgriLife Extension.