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Wellness Council of Central Iowa
Our Mission is to lead Iowa employers to enhanced organizational health. The Wellness Council seeks to accomplish its mission by educating employers to create healthy work environments; assisting employers with development and improvement of their health promotion programs; and recognizing employers for achievement of excellence in health promotion at the workplace.

Because of the amount of time spent at work, the worksite can provide a stable, supportive, health-conscious environment while simultaneously providing education and encouraging personal responsibility for health. Quality health education programs coupled with a positive corporate culture have the capacity to impact people, companies, and communities. 

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Ergonomic training lowers injury reports

Employees who use proper ergonomic products and are trained in their use report an average 40% decline in musculoskeletal problems within 8 months.  The study conducted by a Cornell University professor and New Jersey health and safety researchers was published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.  The authors surveyed 356 technology office workers at four locations.

     Each workstation was fitted with a negative-slope keyboard with an upper mouse tray, and workers were given an ergonomic chair.  Each received training that involved instruction on strategies to prevent injury, on proper posture, and proper use of the keyboard and chair.

     Eight months later, the researchers found that almost half of the workers had fewer back and elbow problems; 45% reported fewer problems with eyes, upper arms, shoulders, and feet; 40% had fewer problems with forearms, hands, and neck. 

Used with permission from the Health-e headlines Corporate Report (www.health-eheadlines.com)(c) Write On, Inc., publisher of the Health-e headlines Consumer News Service.

Why YOU should join the Wellness Council of Central Iowa

Today, more than 81% of American businesses with 50 or more employees have some form of health promotion program--the most popular being exercise, smoking cessation classes, back care programs, and stress management. Most employers offer wellness programs simply because they think the benefit is worth the cost. Yet business leaders continue to ask themselves how to control huge annual increases in health insurance premiums and healthcare costs. Worksite health promotion stands out as the long-term answer for keeping employees well.

Although we spend more dollars on health care than any other industrialized nation, our citizens are not the world's healthiest.

Our nation's population is largely sedentary.
- Over 60% of adults do not achieve the recommended amount of regular physical activity and 25% of all adults are not active at all.
- Approximately one half of the youth in this country are not active on a regular basis.

Obesity is reaching monumental proportions.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 1 in 5 adults is now considered obese.
- 33% of Americans are overweight.

Despite overwhelming evidence, tobacco use continues to be popular.
- Since the release of the Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health in 1964, Americans have consumed 17 trillion cigarettes and approximately 10 million people in the United States have died from smoking related causes.
- Sadly, 3,000 young people begin smoking every day.

The World Health Organization describes stress as a "World Wide Epidemic."
- 72% of Americans experience frequent stress related physical or mental conditions.
- 75-90% of visits to Primary Care Physicians are for stress related problems.

High risk alcohol consumption silently takes its toll on American's health.
- Excessive alcohol consumption causes more than 100,000 deaths every year in the United States.
- 20-40% of all Americans in general hospital beds are being treated for complications of alcoholism.

Chronic health conditions continue to plague the American population.
- According to the National Center for Health Statistics and the National Health Survey, the typical US adult over the age of 18 has seven chronic health conditions.
- In addition, more than 90 million Americans are presently living with chronic illness.

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Wellness Council of Central Iowa 
Board of Directors
Steve Vaught, Chair; ISTS
Ann Weiss, Vice-chair; Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines
Mike Retherford, Treasurer; ARAG Group
Sheila Gregan, Secretary; The Center for Health & Well-being, Iowa Health System
Jeff Anker; Anker Design & Digital
Tricia Phipps; Greater Des Moines Partnership
Dr. Mary Davis;
Wellmark, Inc.
Dr. David Maxwell; Drake University
Jim Dilley; The Principal Financial Group
Stacey Koeppen; Relationship Marketing, Inc.
Toni Shropshire; Mary Greeley Medical Center
Deb Yount-Woods; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Ex-Officio

Wellness Council Staff
Kerry Juhl, Executive Director
Kelli Punelli, Associate Director
Kristy Petersen, Accountant

Wellness Council of Central Iowa
6000 Westown Parkway, Suite 350E
West Des Moines, IA 50266-7771
phone (515) 223-2910
fax (515) 267-6215
email: WellnessCouncil@encompas.com
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