CUPHD wins award

By Gary Brode |

Published 07/31 2014 11:45AM

Updated 08/04 2014 01:06PM

Update: 10:19 pm, 8/3/14, Sunday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is being recognized for practicing what it preaches. This week, it received an award for having a healthy work environment. WCIA-3's Gary Brode checks out what changes helped make the job healthier.

Junk food at work. For many jobs, it's an all too familiar sight and it can make losing weight a difficult takes.

"People spend the majority of their day at work. If you make the choices at work, the easy choice to be the healthy choice, people will generally do it."

That's why the CU Public Health District decided to make a change. One of the first things it did was ditch the vending machines. Now, no more fruit-flavored candy; only the real thing.

"I think it's great that they are taking this initiative to put their employees first and to help us be healthy because we spend so much time at work."

If you didn't bring money, there's free, fresh vegetables every day of the week.

"To just have it available right here so you can walk out, grab a bag, grab some cucumbers and tomatoes on their way out and get them started on that process."

Which can come in handy when that 3:00 craving hits.

"I think a lot of us get into a habit of not bringing food and bringing our own snacks. Then, we go and make a run and kind of go on impulse. We buy fast food, or things that are really convenient."

When employees aren't hungry during lunch, they can work up a sweat. Fridays, employees follow exercise videos in the break room.

"You don't have to have a work site gym to be able to work out."

Tara McCauley believes business owners can make simple changes to make the work environment healthier by replacing vending machines, bringing in nutritionists to talk to employees during lunch or having catered events skip the dessert.

"There's easy things to do that don't cost a lot of money."

McCauley says most of the workers have been on board with the healthier changes, but there was one problem when they took away the soda machines. So many complained, CUPHD brought back diet soda.
Original: 10:24 pm, 7/30/14, Wednesday
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District practices what it preaches. It was given an award for a healthy work environment. Several healthy programs, including fitness classes at lunch and healthy vending machines, helped them earn the award. Public health received a bronze-level status. Next year, it plans to shoot for gold.

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