Why use small steps toward behavior change?
Small steps give members immediate feedback on the changes they make towards
better health. Measuring these small steps is also an excellent way to collect
interim Employee Wellness Plan effectiveness data.
Employee Wellness Plan small steps make a big difference
Small steps for Employee Wellness Plan members
- Walk to work.
- Use fat free milk instead of whole milk.
- Each day think of two things you are grateful for.
- Do sit-ups while you watch TV.
- Drink water before a meal.
- Take 10 deep breaths to relieve tension.
- Eat half your dessert.
- Skip second helpings and buffets.
Measuring small Employee Wellness Plan steps
- Use short pre- and mid-point surveys to ask:
- How many glasses of water do you drink a day?
- How often you do eat fast food?
- How often do you skip a meal?
- How often do you engage in physical activity?
- How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat each day?
- Use the results to show members how their health behaviors are changing
for the better.
- Ask members to rate their health status and/or stress levels before and
after an intervention.
- Add up individual (or team) steps and mark the progress on a map towards
a far away destination.
- Be innovative! Do not rely only on weight loss, BMI, or cholesterol tests
as health status progress indicators or behavior change feedback.
Wise words for taking small Employee Wellness Plan steps
- The first wealth is health. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
- We are what we repeatedly do. (Aristotle)
- The victory is not always to the swift, but to those who keep moving. (CDC)
- There are 1440 minutes in every day…schedule 30 of them for physical