Forty-seven Tompkins County employers
were interviewed between March 23 and July 11, 2000,
using the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)
Heart Check survey.
The survey is a review of employee wellness
and health promotion programs at the worksite.
Cultural and environmental supports
for healthy living, which have been in place over the
past two years, are tallied in the survey.
The Health Promotion Program, Tompkins
County Health Department conducted the local interviews
as part of an initiative by the New York State Healthy
Heart Program. A total of over 700 worksites are expected
to be surveyed state-wide.
The 250-question Heart Check survey
looks at the ways in which a workplace environment supports
employee wellness and healthy living. Information about
worksite smoking policies, nutritional and physical
activity opportunities available through the employer,
and the organization’s administrative ability — or “readiness”
— to support workplace-based wellness programs is considered.
Stress reduction and health screening testing are also
part of the survey.
Using a checklist approach, Heart Check
tallies the number of ways a worksite has promoted healthy
living for employees over the last 2 years through policies,
opportunities and administrative means. There are a
total of 226 possible points. The score for a worksite
is recorded as the percent (%) of total points tallied
out of the total possible points.
Categories for Wellness
The survey is organized into seven categories,
each representing a different way of supporting wellness
and encouraging actions conducive to a healthy lifestyle
within the worksite environment. In this survey one
category is not considered more or less important than
another as an opportunity for supporting wellness. Scores
for individual categories represent the worksite’s point
total as a percent of total possible points for that
category. Category scores can be compared to each other
in order to find areas of relative strength and weakness.
The sample of Tompkins County worksites
-- selected at random by the NYSDOH -- ranged from 30
to 785 full and part-time workers. Half of the worksites
surveyed reported fewer than 125 employees. Eight different
industry categories were represented. Service and educational
organizations dominated, followed by manufacturing,
retail, government and healthcare.
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