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Partnership for Prevention® developed Investing in Health: Proven Health Promotion Practices for Workplaces to provide employers with guidance that can improve employee health by controlling tobacco use, promoting cancer screening and early detection, and encouraging physical activity and healthy eating.
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More specifically, guidance is provided on how to:
  • Implement tobacco-free policies 
  • Offer proven tobacco-use treatment benefits through your health plan 
  • Improve access to telephone quitlines for tobacco users 
  • Encourage employees to get screened for cancer 
  • Work with your health plan to increase cancer screening rates 
  • Increase physical activity through social support and the workplace environment 
  • Improve nutrition through social support and the workplace environment

Investing in Health translates evidence-based recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Task Force on Community Preventive Services into easy-to-follow action steps that will enhance employee productivity, help employers manage healthcare spending, and improve employee morale.
Web links to additional resources and tools are provided to assist with planning and implementing healthier workplace practices.
Electronic links found in Investing in Health:
Page 2: Information on Purchasing Health Insurance
State consumer guides on how to access health insurance
(Georgetown University Health Policy Institute):
www.healthinsuranceinfo.net
Your state’s department of insurance
(National Association of Insurance Commissioners):
www.naic.org
Page 2: Getting Started
Comprehensive employee health programs:
Leading by Example (Partnership for Prevention):
www.prevent.org/LBE
Healthier Worksite Initiative (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/hwi
Page 5: Implement Tobacco-Free Policies
Model policy language (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/tobacco/secondhand_smoke/00_pdfs/appx.pdf
Going smoke-free workplace toolkit (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids):
http://www.goingsmokefree.org/tools/business.html
Page 6: Offer Proven Tobacco-Use Treatment Benefits Through Your Health Plan
Model benefit language
Model benefit language (Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids):
www.tobaccofreekids.org/research/factsheets/pdf/0298.pdf
National Business Group on Health (pp. 415-425):
www.businessgrouphealth.org/benefitstopics/topics/purchasers/fullguide.pdf
Page 8: Improve Access to Telephone Quitlines for Tobacco Users
Toolkit on developing, implementing, and evaluating quitlines (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/cessation/quitlines/index.htm
Information on available state quitline resources
(North American Quitline Consortium):
www.naquitline.org/index.asp?dbsection=map&dbid=1
Page 8: Community Resources for Tobacco Control
Finding quitline resources in your state
(North American Quitline Consortium):
www.naquitline.org
Locating quit smoking classes
(American Cancer Society Chapter):
www.cancer.org/docroot/com/com_0.asp
Finding information on smoking cessation support
(American Lung Association chapter):
www.lungusa.org/site/apps/kb/zip/zip.asp?c=dvLUK9O0E&b=37083
Page 10: Community Resources for Cancer Screening and Early Detection
Locating nearby screening and early detection services
(American Cancer Society Chapter):
www.cancer.org
On-line, Live Help support
(National Cancer Institute):
www.cancer.gov/help
Page 12: Finding Accurate Information about Cancer Screening
National Cancer Institute:
www.cancer.gov
American Cancer Society:
www.cancer.org
Page 12: Information to Share With Employees
Background information on cancer
(National Cancer Institute):
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/general
Screening and early detection guidelines
(American Cancer Society):
www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_2_3X_ACS_Cancer_Detection_Guidelines_36.asp
Colorectal cancer screening
(American Cancer Society):
www.cancer.org/downloads/PRO/They_Know_How.pdf
Cervical cancer screening
(National Cancer Institute):
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pap-tests-things-to-know
Breast cancer screening
(National Cancer Institute):
www.cancer.gov/images/Documents/ffa1fec6-29a4-4c71-a085-78f1afa8e1b8/Fs5_28.pdf
Health reminder assistant
(American Cancer Society):
www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/content/Health_Reminder_Assistant.asp
Sample reminder letter from employers to employees
(National Business Group on Health):
www.businessgrouphealth.org/docs/preventioncareletter0107.doc
Health awareness months
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services):
www.healthfinder.gov/library/nho/nho.asp?year=2008
Personalized on-line health check (American Cancer Society):
www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/health_check.asp
Page 13: Work With Your Health Plan to Increase Cancer Screening Rates
Model benefit language for cancer screening services
(National Business Group on Health: pages 131-150):
www.businessgrouphealth.org/benefitstopics/topics/purchasers/fullguide.pdf
Page 13: If an Employee is Diagnosed with Cancer
Resources for diagnosis and treatment:
National Cancer Institute:
www.cancer.gov
American Cancer Society:
www.cancer.org
Page 15: Physical Activity and Nutrition
Physical inactivity cost calculator (CDC):
www.ecu.edu/picostcalc
Page 16: Investing in Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Sample USDA Food Guide
(National Heart Lung and Blood Institute):
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/wecan/downloads/intake.pdf
Page 16: Physical activity and nutrition information to share with employees (table)
Background information on nutrition
Nutrition fact sheets
(American Dietetic Association):
www.eatright.org/cps/rde/xchg/ada/hs.xsl/nutrition_350_ENU_HTML.htm
USDA Dietary Guidelines
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services):
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/brochure.htm#b3
Background information on physical activity
Tips to Help You Get Active
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases):
www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/tips.htm
What Is Physical Activity?
(United States Department of Agriculture):
www.mypyramid.gov/pyramid/physical_activity.html
Updated Physical Activity Guidelines
(American College of Sports Medicine):
www.acsm.org
Healthy eating tools
A Healthier You Recipes
(U.S. Department of Health and Human Services):
www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/healthieryou/html/recipes.html
Meal Planning and Shopping Tips
(Produce for Better Health Foundation):
www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=4
Physical activity tools
Physical Activity for Everyone (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/everyone.htm
Physical Activity in Your Daily Life
(American Heart Association):
www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2155
Healthy weight information
BMI Calculator
(National Heart Lung and Blood Institute):
www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bmicalc.htm
Choosing a Weight Loss Program
(National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases):
www.win.niddk.nih.gov/publications/choosing.htm
Page 17: How to Support Employees Who Want to Lose Weight
Recommended coverage for overweight/obese individuals
(National Business Group on Health):
www.businessgrouphealth.org/benefitstopics/topics/purchasers/condition_specific/evidencestatements/obesity_es.pdf
Page 18: Increase Physical Activity Through Social Support and the Workplace Environment
Motivational physical activity signs (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/motivational_signs.htm
Yoga and stretching desk videos
(Alberta Centre for Active Living):
www.centre4activeliving.ca/workplace/trr/tools.html
Page 19: Improve Nutrition Through Social Support and the Workplace Environment
Search for registered dietician offering nutrition workshops
(American Dietetic Association):
www.eatright.org
Healthy recipes for healthy potlucks
(Produce for Better Health Foundation):
www.5aday.com
Guidelines for healthy meetings
(New York State Department of Health):
www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/prevent/guidelines.htm
A toolkit for implementing a workplace garden market (CDC):
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/gardenmarket/index.htm
Page 20: Resources
Workforce Health Resources
ENACT
http://preventioninstitute.org/sa/enact/workplace/index.php?12ec2569db52ec97b4274dbe0e7b67cd
Provides assessment for workplaces on health promotion activities
Healthy Workforce 2010
http://www.prevent.org/images/stories/Files/publications/Healthy_Workforce_2010.pdf
Aids employers in implementing health promotion practices
Healthier Worksite Initiative
http://www.cdc.gov/hwi
Provides toolkits, policy information, and access to other worksite toolkits on nutrition and physical activity
Leading by Example
www.prevent.org/lbe
Provides the business case for investing in health
Purchaser’s Guide to Clinical Preventive Services: Moving Science into Coverage
http://www.businessgrouphealth.org/benefitstopics/topics/purchasers/fullguide.pdf
Model benefit information for health plan coverage
Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
http://www.welcoa.org
Offers free reports, information, and tools on employee health for businesses of all sizes
Tobacco Control and Cessation Resources
A Practical Guide to Working with Health-Care Systems on Tobacco-Use Treatment
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/cessation/00_pdfs/Toolkit.pdf
A guide that includes information for purchasers on how to work with healthcare systems when purchasing benefits
Employee Needs Assessment: Smoking Cessation in the Workplace
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/alt_formats/hecs-sesc/pdf/pubs/tobac-tabac/cessation-renoncement/cessation-renoncement_e.pdf , p. 24
A sample needs assessment to help you determine what tobacco-use treatment services your employees may prefer
Employers’ Smoking Cessation Guide: Practical Approaches to a Costly Workplace Problem
http://www.endsmoking.org/resources/employersguide/pdf/employersguide-2nd-edition.pdf
Offers information on the “whys” and “how-tos” of implementing tobacco cessation programs
Healthcare Provider Reminder Systems, Provider Education, and Patient Education: Working with Healthcare Delivery Systems to Improve the Delivery of Tobacco-Use Treatment to Patients—An Action Guide
http://www.prevent.org/actionguides/Tobacco-UseTreatment.pdf
Guides public health professionals on how to improve the delivery of tobacco-use treatment in healthcare systems
Making the Business Case for Smoking Cessation
http://www.businesscaseroi.org/roi/default.aspx
Calculate your company’s return on investment (ROI) for investing in tobacco control services from one to five years
Spit Tobacco: A Guide for Quitting
http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/NR/rdonlyres/DF314871-B0A6-4171-B831-C472F543C154/0/SpitTobacco.pdf
Educational brochure for employees on how to quit chewing tobacco
The National Partnership for Smoke-Free Families
http://www.helppregnantsmokersquit.org/
National program to help pregnant smokers quit
Tobacco Cessation Counseling
http://www.smokefree.gov
Connect with trained tobacco cessation counselors
Benefit design:
Covering Smoking Cessation as a Health Benefit: A Case for Employers
http://www.americanlegacy.org/PDFPublications/Milliman_report_ALF_-_3.15.07.pdf
Highlights the cost advantages of employer-sponsored smoking cessation benefits
Make it Your Business: Insure a Tobacco-Free Workplace, Employer’s Toolkit
http://www.tobaccofreeoregon.org/documents/finaltool_kit_document_001.pdf
How to provide appropriate tobacco-use treatment support to motivate and sustain quit rates
Quitlines:
American Cancer Society Quitline
http://www.yesquit.com/index.htm
Telephone-based support and education (Can also call 1-877-YES-QUIT)
Free & Clear
http://www.freeclear.com/services/tobacco_cessation/employer/how_help.aspx?nav_section=1
Offers evidence-based tobacco-use treatment services, including quitlines
Linking a Network: Integrating Quitlines with Health Care Systems
http://www.tcln.org/cessation/pdfs/7a.Linkingrev6-29-05web.pdf
An integrative approach to linking quitline services with healthcare networks
Mayo Clinic Tobacco Quitline
http://www.mayoclinic.org/ndc-rst/quitline.html
Provides evidence-based, physician-supervised tobacco-use treatment services, including quitline support
National Jewish Medical & Research Center Quitline
http://www.nationaljewish.org/research/med-library/resources/quit.aspx
Directs individuals to tobacco-use treatment resources (including quitlines) for multiple types of tobacco use
North American Quitline Consortium
http://www.naquitline.org/index.asp?dbsection=map&dbid=1
Provides contact information for all state quitlines, fact sheets and other information
Telephone Quitlines: A Resource for Development, Implementation, and Evaluation
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/cessation/quitlines/00_pdfs/FinalQuitlines.pdf
A resource on developing your own quitline
Tobacco-free policies:
A Legal Review on Tobacco-Free Policies
http://www.otpf.org/uploadedFiles/forbusiness/Bro4%20Legal%20v5.pdf
A brochure to understand how to adopt an appropriate and lawful policy for your workplace
Going Smokefree in Your Workplace
http://www.no-smoke.org/goingsmokefree.php?id=103
Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights provides information and tools to help you in your effort to pass a tobacco-free policy
Making Your Workplace Smokefree
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/tobacco/index.htm
Provides information on planning and implementation of tobacco-free policies in the workplace
Save Lives, Save Money: Make Your Business Smoke-Free
http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/secondhand_smoke/00_pdfs/save_lives_save_money.pdf
Provides implementation guidance on workplace tobacco-free polices and provides the business value for investing in them
Secondhand Smoke Fact Sheet
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/ETS
Questions and answers about secondhand smoke from the National Cancer Institute
Toolkit for Implementing Smoke-Free Laws: Business Outreach
http://www.goingsmokefree.org/tools/business.html
Resources and materials to help your workplace go smoke-free
Cancer Screening and Early Detection Resources
American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org
Comprehensive information on cancer screening, early detection, and treatment
Cancer in the Workplace: Prevention, Detection and Support: Report of a Consultation with Business and Health Leaders
http://www.businessgrouphealth.org/pdfs/cancerworkplace.pdf
A summary report discussing cancer-related issues at the workplace
Cancer Screening: Payer Cost/Benefit thru Employee Benefits Programs
http://www.cchangeprojects.org/MakingtheBusinessCase/pdf/Milliman%20Report%20on%20Cancer%20Screening.pdf
Presents the estimated costs and benefits of screening for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers
C-Change Making the Business Case Materials
http://www.c-changeprojects.org/MakingTheBusinessCase/
Presents a business case for cancer prevention and early detection, including position paper, fact sheets, and additional resources
Great American Health Check Employer Tool Kit
http://www.cancer.org/downloads/GAHC/GAHC_Employer_Tool_Kit.pdf
Tool kit for employers on cancer screening and early detection
National Cancer Institute
http://www.cancer.gov
Information on cancer screening, treatment options, research, and survivorship
Tools and Strategies to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/cancer/cancers/colon/resources/crc_insuranceguide/CRC_Manual.pdf
Worksite intervention begins on page 126 of the document
Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Resources
Aim for a Healthy Weight
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm
Offers an interactive menu planner, portion control information, and BMI calculator
Diabetes at Work
http://diabetesatwork.org/_files/acoem2004labordaychecklist.pdf
Checklist for controlling weight in the workplace
Healthy Weight, Healthy Lifestyles
http://www.wbgh.org/benefitstopics/topics/healthy/communicationtoolkit.cfm
Toolkits, best practices, and articles from the National Business Group on Health
Meeting Well
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/subsite/greatamericans/content/Meeting_Well.asp
Guidelines for how to have a healthy meeting
StairWELL to Better Health Program
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/hwi/toolkits/stairwell/index.htm
Ideas on worksite stairwell interventions
Network for a Healthy California Worksite Program
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/cdic/cpns/worksite
Provides a fit business kit and a plan to take action at your workplace
Weight Control Information Network (WIN)
http://www.win.niddk.nih.gov
Nutrition, physical activity, and weight control publications, statistics, and information