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energize your meetings!. Amy Ellings, Nutrition Consultant Nutrition and Physical Activity Program 236-3754. Hmmm…. Environmental change— Make it easy to be healthy. Which street makes it easier to be active?. Which meeting makes it easier to eat healthy?.

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energize your meetings

energize your meetings!

Amy Ellings, Nutrition Consultant

Nutrition and Physical Activity Program


environmental change make it easy to be healthy
Environmental change—Make it easy to be healthy
  • Which street makes it easier to be active?
policy change get it in writing
Policy change—Get it in writing
  • Make the change sustainable
  • “Encourages” people to take action
  • Influence more people
why nutrition
Eat at work 10-20 times a week

Increase productivity

Why nutrition?




worksite nutrition environment
Worksite nutrition environment
  • Have a farmers market or farm stand near work or an on-site garden
  • Encourage healthy foods at potlucks
  • Use competitive pricing to make healthier choices more economical
  • Offer healthy foods in cafeterias vending machines, common areas

Adopt a policy for healthy meeting guidelines

Created by nutrition professionals

Informed by scientific advice national organizations

Designed using feedback from administrative staff

why eym why now
Why EYM? Why now?
  • Current environment not healthy at all meetings
  • Governor’s initiative to make Washington the healthiest state
  • Washington Wellness risk reduction priority areas – focus on nutrition environment
  • Washington State Nutrition and Physical Activity Plan
  • Wanted to make it sustainable change through policy adoption
small group activities
Rate your lunch

Rate your most recent meeting

Small group activities
selling the program
Selling the program
  • Administrative staff
  • Management
    • Do your homework
    • No surprises
    • The right team
the right team1
The right team
  • Wellness coordinator constructed team, set meetings, prepped management, coordinated messages
  • NPA program developed and presented on material
  • Health and Productivity team adopted EYM into their strategic plan
  • Procurement office supported effort, researched cost, developed evaluation tool
  • DOH policy committee discussed and approved policy changes
the process
The process
  • Making EYM a reality at DOH
    • Procurement
    • Policy
  • What are some lessons learned?
small group activity
Small group activity
  • What would be the major challenge to implementing Energize Your Meetings?
  • How could you and your team overcome that challenge?
  • Report out