Health Promotion for Staff
Opportunities for school staff to improve their health status through activities such as health assessments, health education and health-related fitness activities.
School-site health promotion for staff or school staff wellness programs help faculty and staff stay healthy and serve as examples for students. School staff wellness programs raise awareness and motivate staff to get involved in health-promoting activities. Teachers who feel well are more energetic, are absent less often, and help to establish a more positive, optimistic climate at school. When teachers are absent less often, schools save money because they do not need to pay for as many substitutes. Teachers who feel good about themselves are less likely to leave the teaching profession, thereby reducing costly staff turnover. Sometimes union contracts require districts to provide services to support staff health.
The American Cancer Society has created programs such as Quitline®, Active for Life Online and Get Your Screen Test. These programs encourage employees to make lifestyle choices that will improve their health and reduce the cost of health care throughout their organization.
This website provides downloadable materials that will guide you step by step through development of a successful school employee wellness program: School Employee Wellness