North Carolina State Government promotes and strives to provide an environment and culture that encourages employee safety, health, and wellness. The Office of State Human Resources hosts a variety of programs to promote healthy living.
North Carolina State Government will promote and continually strive to provide an environment and culture that fosters best practices and positive voluntary behavior changes that enhance employee safety, health, wellness and health consumer skills as well as be a model for other private and public entities.
Our mission and vision is in alignment with these core Wellness Elements:
- Cessation of the use of tobacco
- Optimal nutrition and physical activity
- Increase skill sets related to resiliency and healthy coping strategies
- Wise use of healthcare and benefit resources
We recognize that policy and environmental changes have a positive impact on workplace health and wellness. Support for changing health behaviors is key to success. In this effort, OSHR encourages all agencies to:
- Support physical activity through lunch time walking clubs or posted routes
- Celebrate at employee gatherings with healthy items (low salt; low saturated fat; low to no added sugar; unprocessed foods items)
- Remind employees to use stairways when possible
- Add a higher percentage of “healthier” choices in vending areas and cafeterias
Why Is This So Important?
- 70% to 80% of All chronic disease conditions such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some cancers are the result of behavior and lifestyle…primarily the Big 3: Tobacco Use, Poor Nutrition and Inactivity.
- Each of us can improve some aspect of our health related behaviors to become our personal best. Whether it be eating better or practicing better portion control or being more active or just taking better care of ourselves in general. Everyone has something that they can strive to improve on a daily basis.
- The Office of State Human Resources covers an employee community of just over 95,000 employees, approximately 59% of us are between 40 and 59 years old with a mean age of 44.9. Our bodies change as we get older and our risk for chronic disease increases especially if we do not take good care of ourselves on a daily basis. How does North Carolina compare to other states…
How do I get involved in the wellness initiative within my agency?
Contact your Wellness Leader for your agency or university. Find the full listing of leadership here.
Are there monies available for wellness activities?
Please refer to the OSHR Wellness Policy for a full explanation of the monies that are available for wellness activities. Briefly, monies procured or raised can come from lapsed salaries if available and per the Office of State Budget and Management Policy. Donations of resources are acceptable as long as they follow the state ethics policies and guidelines.
Why should I take the Personal Health Assessment offered by the State Health Plan?
The State Health Plan offers the opportunity to take a Personal Health Assessment. This offering is standard in the field of wellness. Usually called a Health Risk Assessment, it provides you with a personalized overview of your current health status and gives a roadmap of modifications that you can make to help you with your journey to be your personal best. Log in to the Personal Health portal to get started.