The Expanding Workforce - How We Can Shape Up On the Job

Course Description:

Tighten your abdominal muscles. Keep breathing. Sit up straight. Let’s face it, working out is a chore for most people and in today’s busy world finding time to go to the gym or dedicating 30 minutes 5 days a week to exercise can be challenging. It’s a figure that’s starting to show given the increase in obesity rates all across the country.  In 2002, President George W. Bush signed an Executive Order to promote physical fitness throughout the country.  Why? He was concerned about the numbers of Americans suffering from lack of physical activity and poor diet habits and wanted to motivate the general public to do better. Not only that but, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show employer-provided health insurance, short and long term disability programs and workers compensation combine to make up 10 percent of all payroll costs in the United States. That is not music to any administrators’ ears, especially those who lead companies and businesses.

So now the question becomes, whether you’re stuck behind a work desk or working on the go for at least 8 hours a day, how on earth do you fit in an exercise routine? You tighten your ab muscles while you’re reading a flyer for an upcoming program! (For those of you who did that, congratulations, you just increased physical activity in your workplace.  You can relax those ab muscles now if you’d like.) It’s that easy. It’s also just that easy to learn about exercise programs already in place at various worksites across Alabama and throughout the country. This broadcast highlighted some of these efforts to increase physical activity and also gave tips on how to do similar activities in your worksite.

Eating right at work can sometimes be a struggle too, but there are ways to make healthy choices readily available.  The broadcast also showed how easy it is to include these two food groups in your worksite on a daily basis.  It doesn’t take much to eat right and be active while you’re working, in fact, being healthy at work could be the easiest and most enjoyable thing you do all day.

Note: This course was originally delivered as a satellite broadcast. 

Target Audience

Academic Faculty/Staff, Federal Government Employees, State Government Employees, Local Government Employees, Non-Government Employees and Students

Learning Objectives

  • List three alternative methods of getting 30 minutes of exercise during the workday
  • Describe several easy ways to include more fruits and vegetables in your workday diet
  • Discuss the primary benefits of including exercise and a healthy diet in your life
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing The Expanding Workforce - How We Can Shape Up On the Job
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Joan M. Atkinson
Director of Special Projects 
Association of State & Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors 

Laurie Eldridge-Auffant
Health Behavior Specialist 
Alabama Department of Public Health 

Teresa Fair
Wellness Dietitian 
Alabama Department of Public Health 

Miriam Gaines
Nutrition and Physical Activity Director
Alabama Department of Public Health 

Carla Griffin
Grant Director 
Sheffield City Schools, Alabama 

Jenny Kohr
Program Development and Evaluation Branch
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity CDC

Molly Pettyjohn
Nutrition and Physical Activity Assistant Director 
Alabama Department of Public Health 

Don Wambles
Alabama Farmer's Market Authority 

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Participation/CE
    Tulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing The Expanding Workforce - How We Can Shape Up On the Job


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