Walk with Ease in the Worksite
Walk with Ease (WWE) is an evidence-based physical activity intervention that is widely used across the country. The programming was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and is now widely disseminated across the country in collaboration with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the National Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. The ISU Physical Activity and Health Promotion (PAHP) lab has been facilitating the coordination of Walk with Ease in Iowa in collaboration with a non-profit agency called CHPcommunity. Programming is available in both virtual (self-directed) and in-person (group) formats for individuals (Details are available at this link: http://www.walkwitheaseisu.org/
Our Wellness Works team has built on the robust national framework for WWE by adapting the intervention to work within worksite wellness settings. The six-week intervention program is well suited for worksite programming as it is designed to help individuals become more physically active through walking.
Next round of worksite programming begins in Fall of 2022!
Why Implement WWE in Worksites?
Worksite wellness programming helps both employees and employers! The Walk With Ease program provides an effective and efficient way to promote physical activity and can be readily adopted by companies as part of existing worksite wellness programming or as a thematic campaign every 6 months (or even once a year) to remind employees about the health benefits of walking and physical activity.
Our 'Walk With Ease in the Worksite' program encourages happier, healthier employees who are less sedentary, more energetic and more fulfilled. This can help in many ways:
• Reduce medical and health care costs
• Increase work attendance
• Boost employee morale
• Increase productivity
• Improve job satisfaction
The Walk With Ease program is successful in the worksite because it is a program anyone can do, at any time, regardless of physical fitness level. Walk With Ease can be integrated into your current wellness program or offered independently. Companies interested in learning more should click the button at right.
If you are an individual interested in Walk with Ease, please visit the community-based version at www.walkwitheaseISU.org.
Interested in signing up your company?
We have developed this online version of the program to be specifically relevant to worksite wellness programs and are happy to help with promotion and implementation at your worksite.
We handle all facets of programming through our online portal, see an example of the online portal below (and will coordinate communications with employees through (email / E-newsletters), but we rely on company leaders to facilitate the promotion and enrollment of employees internally. This leads to better outcomes and allows your company to incorporate the WWE into your own programming or to enhance it in creative ways (e.g. incentives or challenges) following our "Best Practices" for optimal results in your worksite.
We provide flyers and the information to post throughout your company as well as email content with links that would allow employees to individually register. See our sample employee flyer and can customize the email communication once we hear back from you on your interests. Once we finalize a plan with you, we will create a customized flyer with a QR code to enable easy registration by your employees. We also provide a sample email for employees to be able to register through a link.
If your worksite is interested in participating in this complimentary program, fill out this quick interest form.
A member of our team will contact you to assist with all of your business's wellness needs.
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Check out the participant dashboard for Walk with Ease!
We are excited to announce our partnership with the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance to bring an online dashboard to our Walk With Ease in the Worksite programming! Now participants can enter their weekly goals, track their physical activity, and access online resources, all in one spot!