Here are some January-focused wellness tools that you can use in your employee communications or share with your employees.
January is a month for getting health habits back on track after any holiday slippage. Getting healthy after over-indulging during the holiday season may not be easy at first, but it can be done. Here are some suggestions on cutting calories and being active. The CDC offers tips: Resolve to Undo Holiday Overindulgences
Get inspiration for a healthy new year via profiles of three ordinary people who changed their health habits—and their lives. They lost weight, became active, gained energy, and grew in self-confidence. Here are their stories and tips for making healthy living easier. They say if they can do it, you can too!
Here are some other tools:
- MyPlate.gov – Tips & tools for nutrition, weight management and healthy eating.
- Fruits & Veggies – More Matters
- The Bountiful Year: A Guide to Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables – These charts show when various foods are harvested and likely available in your local market.
- 10 Tips for eating better on a budget (PDF)
- 9 Fitness Apps to Help You Finally Stick to That New Year’s Resolution
January Health Observances
Here are other focus areas for January health & wellness
Cervical Health Awareness Month – Cervical Health Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about how women can protect themselves from HPV (human papillomavirus) and cervical cancer. Get a toolkit (PDF) from the CDC or more information from the National Cervical Cancer Coalition.
National Birth Defects Prevention Month – The theme is “Birth defects are common, costly, and critical.” The National Birth Defects Prevention Network provides various resource materials to promote birth defects awareness and prevention. January 6 – 12 is also National Folic Acid Awareness Week – learn how folic acid can help prevent birth defects.
National Glaucoma Awareness Month – Today, more than 2.7 million Americans ages 40 and older have open-angle glaucoma. With the population of older Americans continuing to increase, these numbers will only grow.
National Radon Action Month – Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon to protect home and health.
National Stalking Awareness Month
National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
Thyroid Awareness Month
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2 – National Drug Facts Week – a health observance week for teens that aims to shatter the myths about drugs and drug abuse.
ESI EAP offers 24-7 access to counselors and a wide variety of support resources for employees and family members who are facing difficult health challenges. We also offer wellness benefits and health risk assessments, including discounts for weight loss programs, exercise and nutrition programs, and stop smoking programs. If you want to learn more about how ESI can provide more employee EAP benefits and more employer services, call us at 800-535-4841.