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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 thirteen tools designed to increase access to fruits and vegetables and physical activity during the workday. These tools can be used individually or as part of a comprehensive worksite wellness program. Most importantly, the tools can assist employers and employees who are interested in combating declining employee health and ever-increasing health care costs."
Funding Source: California Department of Public Health, Network for a Healthy California, USDA. SNAP-Ed.
Details
Pilot Testing: Over the course of a two year period between 2005-2006, the California 5 a Day—Be Active! Worksite Program (Now the Network for a Healthy California-Worksite Program) developed the Fit Business Kit as a collection of evidence-based resources to help support businesses in their efforts to provide healthy work environments for their employees. The Kit provides employers with an array of simple, low-cost, easy to implement tools to make fruits and vegetables and physical activity more readily accessible to their workers.

Twenty-five private, non-profit and public businesses completed a questionnaire regarding the Fit Business Kit. Information was gathered regarding seven components of the Fit Business Kit: Check for Health, Healthy Meeting Policies, Vending Machine Nutrition Standards, Healthy Dining Menu Guidelines, CSA/Farmers’ Market Tool, Stairwell Tool and the Walking Club Tool. Notable information regarding each section 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%). However, 88% would also like assistance from the California 5 A Day-Be Active! Worksite Program staff as well as best practices/case studies from other worksites who have successfully implemented Check for Health (84%).
  • 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%). Many would also like assistance from the California 5 a Day-Be Active! Worksite Program (60%) and best practices/case studies from other work sites who have successfully implemented Healthy Meeting Policies (76%).
  • 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. Most (78.9%), would also like assistance from the California 5 a Day staff and best practices/case studies from other worksites.

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

Assessment instrument Used? Yes
Use Restrictions: May not copy.
Reviewers Comments: Developed by the Network for Healthy California–Worksite Program, the California Fit Business 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.

The kits includes a detailed description of each of the components, including starting wellness committees, having healthy meetings, providing healthy dining options, improving water consumption, improving food in vending machines, ordering fresh farm produce from local farmers, creating a breastfeeding friendly worksite, integrating physical activity, creating physical activity clubs, and improving worksite stairwells. These strategies can be implemented individually, several at a time, or all at once as a comprehensive wellness program. Some strategies will take significantly more time and money to apply than others. Not all components will work for every person and all worksites; however, they can be easily modified.

The kit is set up logically and is easy to follow. It 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 tandards.

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
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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: networkcustomerservice@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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