For individual people and organizations alike, health is not a specific goal to be reached; rather, it is an ongoing process that builds strength and empowers success. In return for a modest investment of consistent attention and effort, the process rewards us with the ability to participate, contribute, profit and enjoy.
Recognizing the value of a systematic, customizable approach to overall health, the University introduced the UC WorkStrong program, an occupational wellness initiative designed to promote recovery and prevent future workplace injuries. The program was developed with the expertise and collaborative support of UC staff in wellness programs, occupational health and recreational sports.
The WorkStrong program provides a range of benefits that can touch lives in positive ways at work and at home:
- Provides employees the extra care they may need for full recovery from a workplace injury
- Enables a quicker recovery from an injury or illness because the employee has access to a broader range of resources
- Explores improved lifestyle choices that may contribute to the employees better overall health
- Ensures the employee is being proactive about his or her overall health
- Helps prevent injuries from happening again and protects our employees
- Mitigates workers' compensation costs, which helps the University lower the impact of risk and save vital funding for education, research, public service and patient care
WorkStrong programs will be designed to fit the specific needs of an individual with the goal to improve overall health and wellness. The specific program may include some or all of the following:
- Fitness and Post Rehabilitation training certified trainers and professionals designed to promote recovery from injury or promote better fitness, as well as coaching on injury prevention strategies, exercises and fitness improvement
- Nutrition and weight management training and consultation with a registered dietician to assess current diet and eating habits and offer suggestions and strategies for a healthy, balanced diet.
- Life balance and stress reduction strategies, modalities and activities to increase awareness about stress levels and managing stress
- Manage chronic condition(s) such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol (high LDL and low HDL) with any of the above programs designed to help an individual take charge of their health
- Workplace safety assessment and consultation to ensure a comfortable and safe work environment. Ergonomic assessments may be performed to maximize comfort level while at work and determine if additional tools are needed to conduct job duties in a more efficient and safe manner
- Behavior modification strategies and tools to integrate into daily life activities beyond the program