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Title:California Fit Business Kit
Pub. date: February 2008, updated May 2014
Edition: 3rd
Includes: Curriculum
Audience: Adults, Employees, Educators
Language: English
Description:The California Fit Business Kit is a "suite of tools and resources to help employers develop and implement a workplace culture and environment that support healthy eating and physical activity among workers. This Kit contains 13 individual components, all of which have been evaluated by a diverse mix of businesses from across the state and have been designed to be easily implemented at any worksite. These tools can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness program."
Funding Source: California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California, USDA. SNAP-Ed.
Details
Pilot Testing: The kit was pilot tested in 25 businesses. Notable information is summarized below:
  • The median number of employees at each work site was 120 with 59% making $34,000 per year or less.
  • Most participants (88%) felt that Check for Health was applicable to their workplace. They also found the section easy to understand (96%) and would recommend it to another organization (100%).
  • All respondents found the Healthy Meeting Policies easy to understand and 88% felt they were applicable to their workplace. The majority would also recommend them to another organization (96%).
  • 76% of those surveyed reported having a vending machine at their worksite. Of those participants, 94.8% found the Vending Machine Nutrition Standards easy to understand and would recommend them to another organization.

    Note: Pilot information above is based on 2008 version of the kit.

Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: The kit includes thirteen components that can help improve the food and physical activity at the worksite. Each tested component is intended to be easy to plan, implement and evaluate.

Component topics include: wellness committees, healthy meetings, healthy dining options, water consumption, food in vending machines, fresh farm produce from local farmers, a breastfeeding friendly worksite, physical activity, physical activity clubs, and worksite stairwells. Not all components will work for every person and all worksites; however, they can be easily modified.

The kit begins with a "Check for Health", evaluating workplace attitudes and programs/services available for employees. Some of the components include guidelines for healthy eating and suggested food and beverage standards.

The kit also includes a 10-week web-based wellness program, called Take Action! (http://www.takeactionca.cdph.ca.gov/). Take Action! is a comprehensive program that uses many of the resources from the Fit Business Kit.

The California Fit Business Kit includes a resources section (PDF|1.91MB) that contains sample policies, printable handouts, and other detailed information.

Availability
View/download files: 
Web site: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/PROGRAMS/CPNS/Pages/WorksiteFitBusinessKit.aspx
Take Action!: http://www.takeactionca.com/
Contact the Distributor:
    Distributor: California Department of Public Health
    Contact: Customer Service
    Mail: P.O. Box 997377, MS7204
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
    E-mail: neopbcustomercare@cdph.ca.gov
    Order URL:http://www.championsforchangematerials.net
    Cost: 64.05 per kit
    Avail. in Qty: Yes
    Bulkrate:N/A

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